(In the two series collected in this volume, Soldier and M...)
In the two series collected in this volume, Soldier and Many Wars, photographer Suzanne Opton photographs a range of American soldiers close up, with their heads resting on tabletops, and American veterans draped in cloth blankets.
Suzanne Opton earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts (1967).
A photography instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (since 1979), Suzanne Opton previously taught at Pratt Institute in New York City (1977-1978). In 1977 she taught a workshop on "photo diaries" at Orange County Mental Health Center in Bradford, Vermont, and in 1976-1977 taught a similar workshop privately in New York City. Her photographs have appeared in such magazines as Life, Time, Esquire, and Ms.
Her work falls into three categories: small-format black-and-white studies of unmarried brothers and sisters in Vermont who live together; small-format color self-portraits that are sequences and montages of dreams, relationships and states of mind; and medium-format black-and-white constructions on a wall using paper, ribbon, leaves, flowers, vegetables and "sometimes my baby Jules."