Photographer Interviews

Mary F. Calvert on Photographing Military Sexual Assault Without Adding to Her Subjects’ Suffering

September 18, 2017

By Conor Risch

© Mary F. Calvert

Mary F. Calvert’s photographs of women who survived sexual assault in the military focus on how their lives were changed by the attacks. After meeting her first subject at a Congressional hearing on the topic, Calvert gained the trust of a network of women by being transparent about what she wanted to show.

Women who have suffered sexual assault while serving in the American military have told photographer Mary F. Calvert that the aftermath of sexual trauma is “almost worse” than the incident itself. “This is something that these [victims] live with every minute of every day, it’s one of those dividing lines in a person’s life,” says Calvert, who began working on...

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