The Return of the Prodigal Son - Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

The Return of the Prodigal Son - Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

2016
167" x 55"
Archival print

At 7pm AFT1 on May 31, 2014, Bowe Bergdahl, a United States Army sergent held captive since June 2009, was handed over by 18 Taliban members to a special Delta Force operations team in eastern Afghanistan, near Khost on the Pakistani border. The circumstances under which Bergdahl went missing and how he was captured by the Taliban have since become subjects of intense media scrutiny.

Created from over 150 manipulated stills from a released Taliban video documenting the event, the image depicts the release in four stages from right to left: Bergdahl’s arrival in a Taliban Toyota pickup truck, his escorted walk, the exchange between Taliban prinicpals and U.S. Delta operators, and the final boarding and departure of the special operations Blackhawk helicopter. The scene shows the sequence of landing and take-off, secondary Blackhawk and two reconaissance aircraft and armed Taliban in the surrounding hills.

1Afghanistan Time