Some people say that you can’t tell a story with just pictures. I say if done properly, you can tell multiple stories and evoke so many emotions with a few good pictures. The mark of a good photographer is his or her ability to encapsulate that emotion in a photograph.

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I think the series of “An American Soldier” which follows a young American man for 27 months of his life really encompasses that.

Brilliantly told. Brilliantly photographed.

This is how an American soldier is made.

For 27 months, Ian Fisher, his parents and friends, and the U.S. Army allowed Denver Post reporters and a photographer to watch and chronicle his recruitment, induction, training, deployment, and, finally, his return from combat.

Follow the pictorial of Collected Photos at the Denver Post.