American Soldier

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.


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.

  • Bu Yousef
    7 November 2009

    Very true! It’s not ‘worth a thousand words’ for nothing…

  • King
    7 November 2009

    Pictures speak volumes.

    Nice post Mahmood.

  • Steve the American
    9 November 2009

    That’s quite a photo essay.

    That said, this Ian guy was sure in a rush to get married. He was engaged to three chicks during his two years in the Army. Getting engaged right out of high school right as you go in the military and far, far away is courting heartbreak. Young girls aren’t going to wait around for you while you gallavant around the world. They want to have their fun now. When I went in the Air Force in June, we all had Dear John letters by Christmas.