Documenting War and Homecoming

“The first class I never slept in was a photography class,” Alumni Ambassador Erin Trieb tells an enraptured standing-room-only audience in the Hall of Languages. Trieb talks about flipping through John Loengard’s “Life Photographers: What They Saw” and knowing that she wanted to be a photographer.

“The memory of the photographs I studied as a student here has impacted what I do,” says Trieb.

After graduating with her B.A. from A&M-Commerce in 2004, Trieb did an internship at the BauBau Photo Agency in Israel. She has been working as a freelance photojournalist, editorial and documentary photographer. Most of her presentation focuses on her documentary photos of war in Iraq and Afghanistan and soldiers’ experiences when they come home from war. Her work has appeared in TIME Magazine, The New York Times, Newsweek, The Times of London and The Wall Street Journal. She is the founder and director of “The Homecoming Project,” which shines a light on the stories of soldiers’ trauma and difficulty adjusting when they return from active combat. If you would like to find out more about the project or get involved, please visit