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John Wendle

Kunar, Afghanistan, October-November 2011
Kunar, Afghanistan, October-November 2011
Kunar, Afghanistan, October-November 2011

Photographs from the OP Shal Series

 Artist's Statement on his various photography series:

On the Ground in Afghanistan, a Taliban Whose Momentum Seems Anything but Broken, January 30, 2012

In an attack that lasts eight-days, U.S. soldiers defend Outpost (OP) Shal in Kunar province, Afghanistan, against insurgents. Life at the outpost is documented in Wendle’s series OP Shal.

 The soldiers eventually won their battle at OP Shal, securing the Kunar River Valley from infiltration, eliminating insurgent roadblocks and opening it to civilian and military traffic. But the Taliban's weeklong attack highlighted the many military problems facing Afghanistan, and it made clear that the outcome of the conflict remains far from certain.

Three Days in Afghanistan: The Making of a War Reporter, December 8, 2011

War is strange. It can change your life, for good or bad or both, with the speed and ferocity of little else.

Video from featuring John Wendle discussing taking pictures in a war zone, during a suicide bombing attack. For more info check out this link too! 

Report from Kabul: Deadly Protests over U.S. Koran Burning May Be Turning Point for U.S. Occupation

Extended interview with John Wendle on Democracy Now

Traumatic Brain Injury: Hidden Peril of U.S. Soldiers in Combat, March 19, 2012

Wendle’s series 1st Platoon confronts the effects of post-traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress through soldier portraits taken just days after the eight-day attack at OP Shal.

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), co-chairman of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, has called Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) "the signature injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan." Though no clear statistics exist for TBI, it is estimated that there are between 115,000 and 400,000 veterans who now suffer from at least mild versions of it.

Kickstarter project: Razistan aims to give the war in Afghanistan the attention it demands. The project is a website of photo essays and short video documentaries that bring into vivid relief not only the war and its participants but also the country and its people. Contributors include both award-winning Kabul-based photojournalists from around the world, including John Wendle, and local Afghan photographers and videographers.

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