About Summer Camp

In the summer of 2001 I photographed a secret training camp in Eastern Europe and a group of men who had travelled from all over the world to be there. They had come to be instructed in exotic weaponry and learn evasive techniques. This was an anti-International Brigade whose primary concern was preparedness for the reality of privatised military conflict and to gain the currency that sub contracted security and military personnel would need in the increasing privatisation of war. At this point in time the private security and private military industries largely existed below the radar and often occupied a peripheral place in global conflict. However, this would change after the September 11th attacks that occurred in the next month after the summer training camp and many men like the ones I photographed would go onto deployment in the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.