Foreign Policy: Heavy Metal In Hipstamatic

Teru Kuwayama is a photographer based in New York. A selection of his Basetrack photos are now featured in a digital book. Basetrack is supported by a 2010 News Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Foreign Policy is pleased to present this unique and remarkable collection of photographs, largely taken on iPhones (using an app called Hipstamatic that allows users to digitally manipulate "lenses," "flashes," and "film"), of the lives of U.S. Marines in Helmand province in 2010 and 2011 and of the Afghans they interacted with. It is by no means a comprehensive look at 10 years of war, but rather an evocative and profound slice of life — at the beginning of the end of the longest conflict in U.S. history. This is part two of a five-part series.

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