Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New book on Navy SEALs released in Ketchum

‘SEAL: The Unspoken Sacrifice’ honors Navy specialists


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

“Scuba Mist” by Stephanie Freid-Perenchio. Black-and-white photograph at SFP Studio.

For eight years photographers Stephanie Freid-Perenchio and Jennifer Walton learned about the Navy SEAL community. The result of their photography and insight is a coffee table book, "SEAL: The Unspoken Sacrifice."

"These men and their families trusted us, and we wanted to tell their stories as best we could," Freid-Perenchio said. "We were a part of their culture at a critical and pivotal point in history."

Through stunning photographs depicting training, ceremonies and family life, "SEAL: The Unspoken Sacrifice" gives an insiders perspective on how these men are a defense line for the nation.

"The SEAL community has incredible strength, and we were there to witness a fundamental shift in the way they live their lives," Freid-Perenchio said. "The book is a tribute to the sacrifices Navy SEALs and their families make every day."

The rare access Perenchio and Walton were given to the Navy SEAL life allowed them to dispel misconceptions about who and what a Navy SEAL is. SEAL stands for sea, air and land. SEALs are maritime Special Forces that strike from and return to the sea.

Freid-Perenchio and Walton were given permission to photograph at the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado in San Diego, Calif., and given the opportunity to photograph SEALs' families.

The book contains over 130 photographs and a forward by Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward. The book is available for purchase at SFP Studio at 680 Sun Valley Rd. in Ketchum and an exhibition of photographs from the book will be open there from Thursday, Oct. 15, through Jan. 8. The book is also available at Chapter One Bookstore and Bellissimo in Ketchum and at SEALtheunspokensacrifice.com.

Sabina Dana Plasse: splasse@mtexpress.com




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