Blind Veterans UK to be represented at iconic musician Bryan Adams’ photography exhibition 'Wounded: The Legacy of War'

Date
20 November 2014 14:00

Blind Veterans UK will be represented at a new exhibition of photos, Wounded: The Legacy of War from iconic musician and photographer, Bryan Adams, on display at Somerset House for the next two months

The exhibition, which is based on an accompanying book still available to buy, features pictures and stories of 40 veterans who sustained horrendous injuries in the line of duty, including being blinded, scarred or losing limbs.

Bryan Adamshas captured over 100 raw and unsettling images of 40 wounded soldiers. More than 30 of these images will be exhibited at Somerset House from 12th November 2014 to 25th January 2015, the first time the photographs have gone on public display in the UK.

One of the veterans featured in the exhibition is Simon Brown, a former corporal with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, who was blinded by a sniper bullet in Basra, Iraq, in 2003.

Since 2008, Simon has received free and comprehensive support from Blind Veterans UK to help him live independently with sight loss.

Simon, 35 and from Morley, West Yorkshire, said: "It is such a privilege to be part of Bryan's exhibition of powerful photographs - I'm hugely proud to be involved.

"The exhibition, which is free to the public, really helps to highlight the day-to-day legacy of living with injury sustained through serving our country."

The book accompanying the exhibition has already provided help to Blind Veterans UK, as well as several other military charities. Earlier this year, proceeds from the sale of the book, as well as a special concert, led to a £45,552 donation to Blind Veterans UK from The Bryan Adams Foundation.

Major General (Rtd) Nick Caplin - Chief Executive of Blind Veterans UK, who also attended the launch, said: "Blind Veterans UK is immensely grateful for Bryan Adams' continued support.

"The exhibition is running into next year and that will be our 100th year of service providing blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women with the help and support they need to discover life after sight loss."

Blind Veterans UK is one of five military charities for which The Bryan Adams Foundation raised funds, including BLESMA, Combat Stress, SSAFA and War Child.