New Great Photobook #1 - Infidel by Tim Hetherington
This is one of the best new photobooks we've seen in 2010.
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Chris Boot (September 30, 2010)
- Language: English
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
Infidel is an intimate photo essay of a U.S. Army platoon assigned to an outpost in one of the most hostile areas of the Koregal Vallery in Afganastan.
We loved both the Hetherington photos as well as the thoughtful design and production quality of this book. It's been printed in the size and style of an Army Field Manual or maybe even The Bible. It has a thick black plastic cover, with nothing but a tattoo style drawing of the word Infidel. (Photo #1, Infidel book cover)
This series comes across surprisingly tender and with a surprising amount of vulnerabilility even while many of these men are sporting huge guns and camouflage uniforms.
The viewer can't help but feel at times these photos seem raw, sexy, and of course a bit homo erotic.
Much of this book remined us of the best early work by art photographer Adi Nes...
Throughout the entire book, there are numerous detail photographic images along side drawn images ofthe body tattoos on these soldiers.
We just loved this book, and find ourselves picking it up again and again.
See what you think.. maybe you'll agree with MAO that it's possibly one of the best photobooks of 2010.
More details on the book here.... http://www.chrisboot.com/new_infidel.html
About Tim Hetherington
Tim Hetherington was born in Liverpool, UK, and took up photojournalism after studying literature at Oxford University. Awards for his photojournalism include a Hasselblad Foundation Award (2002), World Press Photo of the Year 2007 (for a photograph featured in the Infidel), the Rory Peck Award for TV Features (2008), and an Alfred I duPont Award (2009). Tim Hetherington is also an acclaimed documentary filmmaker who has reported on conflict and social issues for over ten years. This recent work of platoon soldiers in Afghanistan includes the film Restrepo, co-directed and co-produced with Sebastian Junger, and was the winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Tim is based in New York and is a contributing photographer to Vanity Fair magazine.