Suzanne Opton (b.1950) is an artist who lives and works in the United States. She has had a prolific career as a photographer, exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions all over the world. Her work is also held in permanent collections at the Brooklyn Museum; Cleveland Museum of Art; Musee de l’Eysee in Switzerland and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC amongst many others, she also teaches portraiture at the International Centre of Photography. Opton has recently received the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and the Cummings Foundation Grant for her Soldier Billboard Project.
In 2004 Opton began the Soldier Billboard Project, which is a body of work that explores America’s reaction to the soldiers returning from war in Iraq or Afghanistan. The work incorporates close-up portraits of soldiers resting their heads on a flat surface. The intimacy and vulnerability of the images offers a stark reminder of the realities of war. Suzanne Opton will be showing a selection from two bodies of work at the Brighton Photo Biennial, “Soldier” and “Many Wars”.

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