Publisherself published
PhotographerMariah Karson
EditorEric Ravenstein, Mariah Karson, Peter Vandenberg, Gabriel Wallace, Erin Karson, Aaron Pylinski, Nina Faile
Date of PublicationJuly 2017
Location of PublicationChicago, IL
PrizeFinalist in First / Documentary
Entry Description

AMERICAN LEGION documents four American Legion posts in towns with populations under 1,000. From 2014 to 2016, Karson witnessed and explored the lives of Legion members and the impact veterans and posts have on small communities. Karson’s photographs documents the faces and firsthand accounts of veterans through military experiences, both in wartime and beyond. This work captures the daily lives of veterans and how the military service of years past is still able to flow throughout the community. The project has been compiled into a 252-page hardcover book and gallery exhibition.

About Photographer

I am a Chicago-based artist and freelance photographer. I studied photography and printmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and my work has been published internationally. I strive to capture my clients needs with honesty and clarity to provide memorable images that tell compelling stories. My photography has been shown at galleries and institutions including the Chicago Cultural Center, The Mint Museum Uptown, Candela Books, Firecat Projects, the Freeport Art Museum, Robert F. DeCaprio Gallery, Filter Photo Festival, and more.