“These photographs are testament to the triumph of the spirit over the body, hope over doubt and sheer determination over self-pity.” General the Lord Dannatt.
Recently Bryan Adams did a book signing at Waterstones Piccadilly on Jermyn Street for Wounded: The Legacy of War; a collection of photographs and first person accounts from servicemen and women who have cheated death whilst serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan. These intimate portraits pay testament to the sacrifice of British soldiers, unflinchingly documenting the horrific disfigurements and disabilities that they have suffered in the line of fire over the past decade.
Photographer Bryan Adams has captured over 100 raw and unsettling images of 40 wounded soldiers which challenge and dare the viewer. Over 30 of these images will be exhibited at Somerset House from 12th November 2014 – 25th January 2015, the first time the photographs have gone on public display in the UK.
These photographs are a tribute to and a celebration of the servicemen and women who have stood the test of war and lived to tell the tale – ordinary people with extraordinary fortitude. The book invites readers to observe the sheer grit and bravery of individuals who, despite personal sacrifice, live with continued vim, vigour and dignity. In the book every image is accompanied by an intimate interview providing a narrative to each soldier’s personal journey to recovery.
A number of the servicemen photographed for the book are available for interview. Proceeds from the book will go to charities BLESMA, Blind Veterans UK, Combat Stress, SSAFA and War Child.
Wounded: The Legacy of War, photography by Bryan Adams, words edited by Caroline Forggatt, (Steidl £50)
Waterstones Piccadilly (203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD)