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World's Best Photographers to Capture Armed Forces

By Linda D. Kozaryn
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2002 – On Oct. 22, top military and civilian photographers will capture 24 hours in the U.S. armed forces at sites throughout the United States and across the globe.

Navy Petty Officer 1st class Ted Banks will work in Korea. Navy Petty Officer 2nd class Jennifer Smith will shoot at Anniston Army Depot, Ala. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Scott Allen is going to Rota, Spain. Air Force Staff Sgt. Andy Dunaway will work in Bosnia. Army National Guard Capt. Chuck Mussi will be with the Special Forces in Afghanistan.

Their work that day will be compiled with images taken by about 25 other military photographers and 100 civilian photographers. The result will be "A Day in the Life of the United States Armed Forces," a coffee-table book to be published in May 2003.

Among the civilian shooters will be 15 Pulitzer Prize winners including Eddie Adams, David Burnett, Al Diaz, David Hume Kennerly and Larry Price.

The photographers are slated to shoot at about 70 sites in the United States and 55 international sites around the world. ABC News is sending 12 to 15 video crews to document the day, and about 25 military video crews also are slated to film.

Lewis J. Korman and Matthew Naythons, veterans in the entertainment and publishing business, are the book's co- creators and authors. Korman said they anticipate creating "a collection of the most insightful and revealing images from the best photographers in the world."

Naythons said that while the book would capture the routine and heroic operations that safeguard democracy, their goal "is to open a window into the soul of the armed forces -- the personal, human side that is not on display in the evening news."

The goal is to have 125 of the world's most respected photographers working on the project, Naythons said, and the military photographers fit right in. "They know the territory and they know how to shoot," he said. "And they can get behind the scenes to get the human story in this."

Naythons said that when Defense Department officials showed project officials military photographers' portfolios, "it was very quickly apparent that the military photographers are as good as any civilian photographers working today. There are some great images being produced by the men and women in the armed forces."

HarperCollins Publishers, working with EpiCom Media, acquired the rights to produce the book. HarperCollins officials said the photographers would document the lives of elite units and freshly minted recruits, of cadets, generals, chaplains, medics and military police. They'll photograph service members at desolate outposts, strategic bases and in the cockpits of fighter planes.

Photographers' assignments, company officials said, include searching for soldiers' remains in Vietnam, going on maneuvers in a nuclear submarine, visiting Colorado's Cheyenne Mountain Command Combat Center and accompanying Marines into the field at Okinawa's Jungle Warfare Training Center.

"This kind of sweeping inside portrait of our armed forces, captured simultaneously around the world has to be unparalleled," said Cathy Hemming, president and publisher of HarperCollins General Books Group. "Cumulatively, these journalists and the book's creative team will provide us with a deeper appreciation and understanding of the men and women serving in the military."

HarperCollins published "A Day of the Life of Australia" in 1982 and "A Day in the Life of America" in 1986. A series of similarly formatted and titled books followed on the Soviet Union in 1987, China in 1989 and Hollywood, 1992.

For more information on the Day in the Life project, go to www.daymilitary.com.

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