"I take my responsibility as a photographer much more seriously"

May 27, 2015 | Source: Monroe Gallery of Photography

Spc. Robert Acosta, 20, photographed at his home in Santa Ana, Calif., April 13, 2004. Acosta is an ammunition specialist with the 1st Battalion, 501st Regiment, 1st Armored Division. He was a passenger in a Humvee outside Baghdad on July 13, 2003, when an Iraqi teenager threw a grenade into the vehicle. The blast permanently mangled his left leg and ripped off his right arm.
My Most Important Photograph: Spc. Robert Acosta, 20, photographed at his home
 in Santa Ana, Calif., April 13, 2004
©Nina Berman-NOOR

Via TIME Lightbox

Best known for documenting the aftermath of the Iraq War and the militarization of American life, Nina Berman tells us about the most important photograph she's ever made.

"I thought I could add some complexity into the narrative by investigating what it meant to be wounded, who these troops were, what it meant to return home at such a young age and make the transition to disabled veteran."

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