Baghdad, May 17, 2007 - Photographer Suzanne Opton says she wanted to capture the faces of people who had seen things that were unforgettable when she did a series of portraits of soldiers at Fort Drum three years ago.
One of them was Alex Jiminez, one of four soldiers declared missing in Iraq this week - captured or killed after an attack on their humvees south of Baghdad.
“He was rather quiet and serious,” Suzanne tells me. “His wife, Yaderlin, was very playful.”
You can see it in the photo. Alex, now 25, was 22 when Opton took the portrait, part of a series called ‘Soldier’ released earlier this year. He and Yaderlin showed up after she asked for volunteers at Fort Drum, New York as part of the series of images of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Opton, who is planning a series on Iraqi refugees in Jordan, says ‘Soldiers’ was meant to see beyond the uniform into the vulnerability of individual soldiers.