WAR IS PERSONAL
Photography: Eugene Richards
Story Research and Text Editing: Janine Altongy
Design Assistance: Sam Richards
Bold and epic in scope, War Is Personal is a compilation of fifteen real-life stories that speak of what it means to go to war, to sacrifice, to wait, to hope, to mourn, to remember, to live on when those you love are gone. With heartbreaking photographs and texts, Richards records the funeral of twenty-two-year-old Army sergeant Princess Samuels and profiles veterans such as Tomas Young, who was shot in the spine and paralyzed four days into his tour in Iraq. Richards documents parents such as Carlos Arredondo, who grew so distraught upon hearing of his son’s death in combat that he attacked and destroyed a Marine Corps van, severely injuring himself, and Nelida Bagley, whose massively brain-injured son requires nearly round-the-clock care. Uncompromising and sure to be controversial, War Is Personal is a study of lives in upheaval and a chronicle of greatly differing attitudes, experiences, and understandings of what it means for Americans to go to war.
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – MAY 2: Twenty-four-year-old Michael Harmon, a former combat medic with the U.S. Army, glances out the window of the small apartment he shares with his grandmother (pictured), his mother, and his stepfather on May 2, 2007 in Brooklyn, New York. Harmon, who suffers from PTSD, served a thirteen-month tour beginning in April 2003 with the 167th Armor Regiment, Fourth Infantry Division in Al-Rashidiya and Baquaba, Iraq. A recipient of a Bronze Star, he received a general discharge under honorable conditions.