Private Megan Cassidy, 2006 and Hasty Fighting Position, 2006
© Claire Beckett
Claire Beckett has BA in Anthropology and, most recently (2006), a MFA in Photography from MassArt. She’s now teaching at the University of Connecticut. Though I don’t personally know Claire, I was rather excited to see strong work from a “local.”
M-Day (short for Mobilization Day — the day in which one leaves home for military deployment), a series of beautifully stark portraits in conversation with landscapes, discusses the gravity of war on a personal level. Claire says about the work:
My photographs deal with this anticipation of war, and with each portrait I ask the viewer to consider the humanity of an individual soldier.