I am an independent photographer working on long-form projects related to the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their aftermath. Having spent much of my adult life at war, themes of generational trauma, propaganda, and tragic comedy recur in my visual approach.
Back in 2002, during the run-up to the Iraq War, I resolved to photograph what I thought would be a pivotal moment for my generation. I had no money and no experience as a photojournalist, and no idea how to become one. So I joined the army as a combat photographer. After five years in 3rd Infantry Division, with half of that time spent in Iraq, I left the military to work on my own terms as an independent artist.
While completing my undergraduate degree on the GI Bill, I went to Afghanistan on my own, and worked there for six years. Much of my work in Afghanistan has been grant-funded through the generosity of The GroundTruth Project and The Ford Foundation.
I was a finalist for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, a LensCulture Exposure Award and have been named to Photolucida's Critical Mass Top 50. I received my MFA from Hartford Art School's International Low-Residency Photography program. I accept commissions and reside in western Massachusetts.
ben(at)photobrody.com m: 912.492.1405
In the media:
Boston Globe: Mark Feeney's Review of Afghanistan: Endgame at the Fruitlands Museum
WGBH: Photographer Challenges Conventional Ideas About America's Longest War
PRI's The World: Op-Ed for Memorial Day
WGBH: Greater Boston report on the Foreverstan project (I'm at 13:17)
LensCulture: Interview with Alexander Strecker
Verve Photo: Story Behind the Image with Geoffrey Hiller
GlobalPost: Adapting to Afghanistan from Iraq
Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50 (2014)