John Leder is one of the most interesting and unique people in photography.
He’s a former Marine Corps sniper, he’s a photographer, and he’s also a photographer’s dad.
John is currently the director of photography for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and was recently awarded the American Photography Association’s “Most Creative Photographer of the Year.”
So when I saw the news last week that Leder was going to be inducted into the US Military Academy Photography Hall of Fame, I was blown away.
And then I got to watch Leder’s photo shoot.
It was something like, Wow, what an amazing opportunity for an American to be recognized.
Leder has always been passionate about his craft, and it’s this passion that has propelled him to become the most influential photographer of his generation.
But Leder isn’t only an artist and a photographer.
He has also been a political activist and has taken part in the civil rights movement, and was instrumental in bringing the National Guard into the war in Iraq.
I asked Leder how he felt about the nomination, and what he thinks of the USMA’s decision.
He told me, “I think it’s great, it’s awesome, it really makes me proud.
It makes me think of the work that I do, and I’m really grateful that we are able to honor people who are so important to our country, and they’re worthy of our support and recognition.”
Here’s what John said: In a nutshell, I think that this is a wonderful recognition.
There’s a lot of folks out there who are really doing something important.
The work that we do is important.
We do something that I consider to be really important and important to this country.
And I think it is a great honor for the American people to be able to recognize people like that and to really acknowledge their work and their accomplishments.
I think this is something that really speaks to the importance of the United States as a country and to the great American work that has been done in the past.
So, it speaks to what I see as a great part of the American dream, that you can be an American and make something of yourself and be an artist.
And to see somebody like Leder being honored by the American Military Academy is a really powerful reminder to us all.
I am honored to have been selected by the USAA to be a member of the Hall of Honor.
I would say that is an incredibly rewarding honor to be selected.
It means that we have people who know that the work they’re doing matters.
And that they care about it.
And so, it is incredibly gratifying to have someone that you think you know a lot about but has never had the opportunity to actually spend any time with them, to see their work.
It’s really nice to see.
And it’s very gratifying, because I think we’ve been so blinded by the fact that our country is such a big and successful country, that we think that everything that we’re doing is great and it can be taken as the ultimate accomplishment.
I don’t think that’s true.
It just means that you’ve actually got a lot to contribute.
And, I mean, the fact is, it doesn’t matter what your name is.
It doesn’t mean anything.
You’ve just got to do the work, you’ve got to be the best, and that’s what we’re trying to do here.
I was honored to be chosen as a member, but I’m also a proud recipient of this recognition.
That’s what I’ve always wanted to do.
I’m just proud that I’m being recognized by the United State Military Academy and I think I’m very fortunate to have done that.
And the fact of the matter is, this is an honor.
And this is just the beginning.
And there are a lot more folks out here who are going to continue to do what they do, who are trying to make a difference, and there are people who have just given up, they’ve given up their dream, and now they have to get back on the horse and get back to doing the work.
I believe this is the beginning of that.
There are a bunch of folks who are just working towards this, and hopefully this will help us all to continue.
That is what it is about, is to have a vision, a plan, and to be willing to do anything to make it happen.
I hope that these guys will take a little bit of pride and be proud that they’re actually getting recognized for their work, and then they can continue to be productive members of our country.
So, if you haven’t already, check out Leder photos from Iraq here.
He is also the creator of the viral photo, This is what we are doing in Iraq and his photos are making the rounds on social media.