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is pleased to present this unique and remarkable collection of photographs, largely taken on iPhones (using an app called Hipstamatic that allows users to digitally manipulate "lenses," "flashes," and "film"), of the lives of U.S. Marines in Helmand province in 2010 and 2011 and of the Afghans they interacted with. It is by no means a comprehensive look at 10 years of war, but rather an evocative and profound slice of life -- at the beginning of the end of the longest conflict in U.S. history. This is part two of a five-part series.


(Counterclockwise from left): Rockets are launched from Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, as a Marine jogs along a line of Conex shipping containers; the doors inside one of Camp Leatherneck's recreation centers on Jan. 12; a trio of Marines huddle up against the January cold in an occupied compound; A model of OP Kunjak on Oct. 11, 2010; body-building supplements, on sale at a MCX (Marine Corps Exchange) shop at Camp Leatherneck on Jan. 12.


Teru Kuwayama
is a photographer from New York. His work over the past decade has focused on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Kashmir.

He was a 2009-2010 Knight fellow at Stanford University and a 2010 TEDGlobal fellow and a 2010 Ochberg fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.

Kuwayama received a 2010 Knight News Challenge award to launch Basetrack: One-Eight

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