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Larry Silverman

When he was 28, Larry Silverman was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis, a condition in which a vertebra in the lower part of the spine slips forward and onto a vertebra below it. Photography helped him transition from an active life playing sports to one in which even sedentary activities such as watching a movie can cause significant pain. “I have used my photography as an opportunity to interact with the world in a way that I used to enjoy with physical activities,” Silverman says. He now finds freedom using his camera. Upon capturing this image, Silverman reflected, “Soldiers take a risk that is unimaginable and pay a price with their bodies that cannot be repaid. Medicine offers opportunities to replace what has been physically taken from them, but even with treatment, normalcy is often unattainable.”

Reflections of a Warrior

20 x 30 x 1 in.

Photograph


In this photograph, Silverman captures the image of one soldier, Ronald Myers, a staff sergeant in the Vietnam War whose injuries resulted in months of orthopaedic rehabilitation as he looked at the Korean War Memorial. His image represents the experience of all the veterans he photographed at war memorials in Washington, D.C. Silverman encapsulated the impressions he gathered with the comment, “Regardless of the age, the conflict, or the injuries experienced, the soldiers continued to live the experience of warfare as if their service has just occurred.”