Ian Fisher: American Soldier
Awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography
This is how an American soldier is made. For 27 months, Ian Fisher, his parents and friends, and the U.S. Army allowed a Denver Post photographer and reporters to watch and chronicle his recruitment, induction, training, deployment and, finally, his return from combat. For more than two years Denver Post staff photojournalist Craig F. Walker followed Ian as his life inside and outside of the U.S. Army unfolded.
The story was written by Kevin Simpson, Michael Riley, Bruce Finley and Craig F. Walker. It was reported by Riley in Colorado and at Fort Benning, Ga., Finley at Fort Carson and in Iraq, and photographer Craig F. Walker throughout.
Craig Walker joined the staff of The Denver Post in 1998 and has covered a broad range of stories including 9/11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the United States military, PTSD, the Occupy movement and daily life in Colorado. Raised in York, PA., Walker graduated from the Rhode Island School of Photography and began his career working for the Marlborough Enterprise and the Berkshire Eagle in western Mass. Craig was named Photographer of the Year for 2011 by Pictures of The Year International. In 2010, Craig won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography "for his intimate portrait of a teenager who joins the Army at the height of insurgent violence in Iraq, poignantly searching for meaning and manhood." Craig's work was exhibited at The International Photojournalism Festival of Perpignan France in 2010. Craig's photography has also been honored by the Sidney Hillman Foundation, Editor & Publisher's, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, POYi, National Headliner's, Unicef, ASNE and SND.