Marja's Hearts and Minds

As General David Petraeus assumes direct control of the war in Afghanistan, he and his officers—not to mention the policymakers back home—are pinning their hopes on improved cooperation with friendly locals. Traveling to the southern Afghan city of Marja, site of a major offensive this past February, photographer Micah Garen surveys the diverse cast of characters—soldiers, elders, farmers, even robots—whose actions will decide the mission’s outcome.

Micah Garen was in Marja in May, 2010, photographing with a 4×5 Wisner field camera, and the photo essay was published on Vanity Fair on July 26, 2010. 


Photographer: Micah Garen