In 2009 Ed Drew (self portrait in plaid on campus) joined the California Air National Guard where he wound up serving in Afghanistan in the spring of 2013. Drew photographed his comrades, the first wartime tintype photographs since the Civil War. While in the Guard, Drew also attended SFAI where he majored in sculpture and took photo classes from Lonnie Graham, Linda Connor, and Hank Wessel. His tintype work includes numerous projects: his fellow soldiers, students and staff at SFAI, as well as a commissioned project by the Klamath Oregon Tribe that was exhibited at the California Historical Society in 2015—a series that is in the Smithsonian’s American History Museum.
For more information on Ed Drew: https://eddrew.net/
And an interview with Ed from SF CBS affiliate KPIX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFFcINC17DY
And a blurb from The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/the-war-in-afghanistan-in-tintypes#slide_ss_0=1
And a presentation at the California Historical Society: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS8ZAFZicsU
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