My Brother’s War is a deeply moving personal odyssey in which Jessica attempts to understand the wartime experience of her brother Gary who served in Vietnam and later committed suicide as a result of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Spare and artful, the book combines photographic collages of Gary’s letters, artifacts, and photographs with Jessica’s reflections on the aftermath of this experience on her and her family.
Originally, Jessica’s photographs were part of her submission to the 2009 Lens Culture International Exposure Awards where she won an honorable mention and hence, an opportunity to make a Blurb book. We’re so pleased she took us up on our offer and doubly pleased she teamed with Elizabeth, a highly talented book designer. It just goes to show what magic can happen when great design and great photography come together.
Take a moment and check out the book. It’s a true testament to the power of creativity, memory, and art – even in the face of something as terrible as war. By the way, for a great article on how some of today’s soldiers are turning to art to deal with their own wartime experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, take a look at this recent New York Times piece.