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We Are Not The Dead is a powerful portrait series depicting British soldiers before, during and after their operational deployment in Afghanistan. Spanning an eight month period, each image is accompanied by a caption of the subject’s thoughts and feelings at the time. One of photographer Lalage Snow’s main motivations to put together this important series was to give several brave men and women the opportunity to explain what their experience overseas is really like.
Fear is a common thread shared throughout the We Are Not The Dead series. Snow says, “As the body count of British servicemen killed or wounded rose and the political ramifications of the British army’s presence in Afghanistan became increasingly convoluted, more and more soldiers felt like they didn’t have a voice, or at least, weren’t being listened to.”