2005 Photo Contest, Portraits, 2nd prize

Nina Berman

Redux Pictures for Mother Jones

18 December, 2004

American military personnel, injured by insurgent activity in Iraq, re-adjust to life back home: Platoon Sergeant John Quincy (37), father of two and a National Guard reservist with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry. Quincy was on a routine patrol through Ramadi on 29 August 2003 when a remote controlled bomb exploded under his vehicle, sending shrapnel into his brain and body. He has metal in the right lower quadrant of the brain, rock and shrapnel to the face and entry and exit wounds in the arm, which damaged nerves and tendons in his hands and fingers. Quincy is on medication for seizures and depression. He is not permitted to do any physical activity as a fall could misplace the metal in his brain, leaving him without speech or motor skills. Quincy is photographed at home with his wife Summer.

About the photographer

Nina Berman

Nina Berman has been an editorial and documentary photographer for more than 20 years, focusing primarily on the American political and social landscape. She is the author of Pur...

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