Toby Morris July 21, 2008Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.
Tags: Iraq Veterans, USA
Iraq War Veteran, Los Angeles, California
Toby Morris is a freelance photographer based in Los Angeles.Toby attended the Art Insitute of Chicago and the University of Texas in Austin. He used to work for newspapers in New York, Chicago and New Hampshire “but then newspapers started to implode, and now he does what he can by making his way through a photo career and spending all of his money working on projects.” His photographs have been published in Newsweek, Le Monde, USA Today among others and his work has been awarded by NPPA and the PDN 2008 Photo Annual.
About the Photograph:
The photo of Wendy is part of a project Toby has completed on veterans returning from Iraq with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. One of the challenges for Toby in doing this work he says was “I never really thought of it as just a series of portraits, the thing about mental illness is, for the most part the people look completely normal. So as a photographer you are either stuck trying to make them look “crazy” -which they aren’t- or you have a group of portraits that look like normal guys hanging out, which no one is interested in looking at. I figured the only way to get any depth would be with combining the photos with interviews and I’m mildly pleased with the results. It was the first time I tried my hand at audio and it is a work in progress.”