Marianne Ingleby

Operation Detachment

Dear Grandpa,

‘War is the best thing that happened to man’, you told me while growing up.

It’s been a few years now since mom gave me the shoebox with your pictures and letters from your time as an army photographer in Japan. I had no idea of the atrocities you had seen there.

I explored what this war means to my generation and how it is perhaps still present. I travelled to Okinawa, a small Japanese island still ‘occupied’ by American troops, to make the legacy that we carry visible. To commemorate and see what we never really saw.


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