"It could be a single solider -- the look in his eyes, the longing for home so far away," says Merriman, 36, a four-time winnerof the Photographer of the Year award from the
"You'll find that most of my images ... lean toward the humanity aspect -- the people who live in these situations and their plight," he says. "I care about that very deeply. The victims of the war are the people who live with it."
"It's hard, kind of, to see the historical value of photographs," he says of those in a daily news-paper.
"With a lot of these stories, it seems like it's just our job, but 100 years from now, they're the recorded record of these events.
"These are things that are important historically, and I've been fortunate enough to be there and be a witness with my camera," Merriman says.
Merriman's mother --
"I take my responsibility very seriously," Merriman says about his art. "For a lot of my subjects who pass before my lens, I'm their only voice."
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