The magazine of the photo-essay
September 2018 issue
“A free, really high quality photo-essay magazine.  Fabulous!” Stephen Fry. British actor, writer and film maker
by David James
12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11. Under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban. Based on the book ‘Horse Soldiers’ by Doug Stanton. Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer Director: Nicolai Fuglsig Cast includes: Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon. I had read the book Horse Soldiers some time ago and was fascinated by the whole event. I had no idea that this happened right after 911. I had lost count of the number of people in the film world that I had raved on to about this book……just had to be a movie somewhere down the line. So I was, to say the least, overjoyed to get a call from Jerry Bruckheimer’s office asking me to cover this shoot. I have done numerous War epic movies including Saving Private Ryan, A Band of Brothers, Pacific and Unbroken. I always research the work of epic war photojournalists before starting on these projects. No, I have never been to a war zone, though I was born in Birmingham England during WW2, but I’m pretty sure that doesn’t count. I like shooting wars when the wounded and fallen get up and have lunch with the crew.
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