Ed Drew – Afghanistan, Combat Zone Tintypes

 

These tintypes were taken in the Helmand River Province, Afghanistan, during Ed Drew’s deployment with his helicopter Combat Rescue Unit.

Ed Drew sent me the following information about the series:
My work is based on the history of the American military member and their involvement in war as part of a brotherhood. While deployed to the Helmand Province in Afghanistan April-June of 2013, I decided to document my life and the people around me as part of a fine art project, echoing a family album. It extended to my own involvement in America’s longest war, and it is meant to be a very specific personal study on this. I decided to use the antiquated tintype wet plate process, the first time tintypes of American service members were made in a combat zone since the American Civil War. Tintypes are a slow and methodical process, which I felt would best exemplify the humanity of the people I work with as well as involve me from beginning to end of the creation of the photograph. Through my tintypes in combat I connected to my brothers in arms which helped to translate multiple persons views of a war, besides my own, through process and subject.

The facts:
You can see more of Ed’s work here.
All photos: © Ed Drew. 
 Ed Drew’s photographs courtesy of Robert Koch Gallery San Francisco. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.

Ed Drew courtesy of Robert Koch Gallery San Francisco

Ed Drew courtesy of Robert Koch Gallery San Francisco

Ed Drew courtesy of Robert Koch Gallery San Francisco

Ed Drew courtesy of Robert Koch Gallery San Francisco

Ed Drew courtesy of Robert Koch Gallery San Francisco