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Bitter Fruit

Paul Fusco documents the real cost of the Iraq war, showing the pain and loss caused by the deaths of American soldiers

Paul Fusco

Paul Fusco | Bitter Fruit Funeral for Sgt. Anthony Lagman, who was killed in Iraq. Yonkers, New York, USA. March 30, 2004. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos
Paul Fusco | Bitter Fruit Funeral for Sgt. James Harlan, who was killed in Iraq. Owensboro, Kentucky, USA. May 24, 2004. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos
Paul Fusco | Bitter Fruit Funeral service for Sgt. Scott C. Rose, who was killed in Iraq, with Honor Guard by VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Ludlow and Chester local posts. Springfield, Vermont, USA. November 22, 2003. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos
Paul Fusco | Bitter Fruit Funeral service for Private Bryan Nicholas Spry, who was killed in Iraq. Chestertown, Maryland, USA. February 21, 2004. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos
Paul Fusco | Bitter Fruit Funeral service for Private Bryan Nicholas Spry, who was killed in Iraq. Chestertown, Maryland, USA. February 21, 2004. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos
Paul Fusco | Bitter Fruit Funeral for Private Bryan Nicholas Spry, who was killed in Iraq. Chestertown, Maryland, USA. February 21, 2004. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos
Paul Fusco | Bitter Fruit Funeral service for Spc. Bruce Miller, who was killed in Iraq. East Orange, New Jersey, USA. April 3, 2004. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos
Paul Fusco | Bitter Fruit Funeral for Spc. Bert Hoyer, who was killed in Iraq. Ellsworth, Wisconsin, USA. March 18, 2004. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos
Paul Fusco | Bitter Fruit Funeral service for Spc. Tyanna Avery Felder, who was killed in Iraq. Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA. April 15, 2004. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos
Paul Fusco | Bitter Fruit Funeral service for Spc. Tyanna Avery Felder, who was killed in Iraq. Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA. April 15, 2004. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos
Paul Fusco | Bitter Fruit Funeral for Sgt. James Harlan, who was killed in Iraq. Owensboro, Kentucky, USA. May 24, 2004. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos
Paul Fusco | Bitter Fruit Service for Sgt. Luis Moreno, who was killed in Iraq, at the R.G. Ortiz Funeral Home in Washington Heights. New York City, USA. February 5, 2004. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos
Paul Fusco | Bitter Fruit Funeral service for Sgt. Luis Moreno, who was killed in Iraq.Bronx, New York City, USA. February 6, 2004. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos

“All wars produce casualties: destroyed lives and truth. From the beginning of the Iraq war, the great spin from the Bush administration has been and is – ‘Only the enemy suffers casualties’.

The most obvious example of that effort was closing Dover Air Force Base to the press – Let no one see the rows of flag-draped coffins ready to be shipped to grieving families.

And there have been hundreds of grieving families in America. Herein are a few of those families that have had to endure the bitter truth and the intolerable loss of this war and it’s pain and anguish. Families, friends, and strangers gathered with love to give honor, comfort, hope and the strength to survive.” – Paul Fusco