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Soldier: Claxton - 120 days in Afghanistan, Fort Drum, NY

Suzanne Opton

Photography

These two works are part of a large series of soldiers’ portraits by the New York–based photographer Suzanne Opton. Opton photographed Claxton and Mickelson on their return to Fort Drum, New York, from service in Afghanistan and Iraq. Asking each to rest his head on a table, she shot the horizontal face close up, against a dark background. The images of these disembodied heads reveal every pore and blemish, even a wandering eyelash. Psychological portraits more than traditional representations of heroes, the exposed faces seem thoughtful and oddly tranquil, vulnerable in their naked intimacy.
MEDIUM Inkjet print
DATES 2005
DIMENSIONS 32 x 40 in. (81.3 x 101.6 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Photography
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2007.24
EDITION Edition: 1/5
CREDIT LINE Gift of Rudolph DeMasi, by exchange
RIGHTS STATEMENT © Suzanne Opton
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CAPTION Suzanne Opton (American, born 1954). Soldier: Claxton - 120 days in Afghanistan, Fort Drum, NY, 2005. Inkjet print, 32 x 40 in. (81.3 x 101.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Rudolph DeMasi, by exchange, 2007.24. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Photograph courtesy of the artist, 2007.24_Clapton_photo.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 2007.24_Clapton_photo.jpg. Photograph courtesy of the artist
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