These photographs were made on and around US military bases in Japan, Korea and on Guam, a part of the world designated by the Pentagon as PACOM, the US Pacific Command. The Pentagon divides the world into six separate regional commands and PACOM is the largest, covering half the surface of the world. The military component of US influence in the region is mainly anchored in these bases established more than sixty years ago, at the end of WW II and the Korean War. I first encountered this network of overseas US bases when I lived and travelled in Japan in the 1970s. More recently, on visits to more than a dozen bases in Japan, Korea and Guam, I was able to see something of the workings of these American outposts. The physical setting of the bases shares many of the features of small town or suburban American life. Except that in these communities an attack jet or warship might be found at the end of the block.



Half the Surface of the World is featured in the "Perspectives" exhibition at the International Centre of Photography, New York, Jan 23-May 6, 2012.
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SAKURA Theatre, Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station, Japan, 2009
SAKURA Theatre, Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station, Japan, 2009
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Camp Rodriguez Tank Training Range, Korea, 2008
Camp Rodriguez Tank Training Range, Korea, 2008
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Joint Services Awards Ceremony, Seoul, Korea, 2008
Joint Services Awards Ceremony, Seoul, Korea, 2008
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US Air Force Family Housing, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan
US Air Force Family Housing, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan
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Paper Boy (Stars and Stripes) , Yokota Air Base, Japan, 2008
Paper Boy (Stars and Stripes) , Yokota Air Base, Japan, 2008
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House above Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, 2008
House above Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, 2008
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Off Limits Notice, Yokosuka, Japan, 2008
Off Limits Notice, Yokosuka, Japan, 2008
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'Terry's Place', Iwakuni, Japan. 2009
'Terry's Place', Iwakuni, Japan. 2009
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Crossing Guards, Misawa Air Base, Japan, 2008
Crossing Guards, Misawa Air Base, Japan, 2008
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'North Korea' Briefing Room, Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station, Japan, 2009
'North Korea' Briefing Room, Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station, Japan, 2009
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Rising Sun Insignia, 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa Air Base, Japan, 2008
Rising Sun Insignia, 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa Air Base, Japan, 2008
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Training Exercise, Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station, Japan, 2009
Training Exercise, Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station, Japan, 2009
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Camp Foster (US Marine Corps) Commissary, Okinawa, Japan, 2008
Camp Foster (US Marine Corps) Commissary, Okinawa, Japan, 2008
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Awaiting arrival of USS George Washington, Yokosuka Navy Base, Japan, 2008
Awaiting arrival of USS George Washington, Yokosuka Navy Base, Japan, 2008
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Woman in Cafe, near Sasebo Navy Base, Japan, 2009
Woman in Cafe, near Sasebo Navy Base, Japan, 2009
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Road above Camp Lester, Okinawa, Japan, 2009
Road above Camp Lester, Okinawa, Japan, 2009
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Skate Board Park, Atsugi Naval Air Station, Japan, 2008
Skate Board Park, Atsugi Naval Air Station, Japan, 2008
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ATM and Aircraft Carrier, Yokosuka Navy Base, Japan, 2008
ATM and Aircraft Carrier, Yokosuka Navy Base, Japan, 2008
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AFN (American Forces Network) Announcer, Iwakuni, Japan, 2009
AFN (American Forces Network) Announcer, Iwakuni, Japan, 2009
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AMERIFEST July 4th Festival, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, 2008
AMERIFEST July 4th Festival, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, 2008
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Air Force Jets Approaching Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, 2008
Air Force Jets Approaching Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, 2008
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B-52 (Memphis Belle IV), Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, 2008
B-52 (Memphis Belle IV), Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, 2008
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Street near Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station, Japan. 2009
Street near Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station, Japan. 2009
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Miss America and Miss Teen America, Atsugi, Japan
Miss America and Miss Teen America, Atsugi, Japan
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Base Exchange, Atsugi Naval Air Station, Japan, 2008
Base Exchange, Atsugi Naval Air Station, Japan, 2008
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Negishi Family Housing Area (US Navy) #3, Yokohama, Japan, 2009
Negishi Family Housing Area (US Navy) #3, Yokohama, Japan, 2009
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Joint US-Thai Military Exercises, Sattahip, Thailand, 2009
Joint US-Thai Military Exercises, Sattahip, Thailand, 2009
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Camp Foster Marine Corps Family Housing, Okinawa, Japan, 2008
Camp Foster Marine Corps Family Housing, Okinawa, Japan, 2008
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Galaxy Cabaret, Iwakuni, Japan. 2008
Galaxy Cabaret, Iwakuni, Japan. 2008
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Picnic on Flight Line, Misawa Air Base, Japan, 2008
Picnic on Flight Line, Misawa Air Base, Japan, 2008
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Negishi Housing Area (US Navy) #2, Yokohama, Japan, 2008
Negishi Housing Area (US Navy) #2, Yokohama, Japan, 2008
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US Marine Corps Family Housing, Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, 2008
US Marine Corps Family Housing, Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, 2008
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US Marine Corps Birthday Ball, Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, 2008
US Marine Corps Birthday Ball, Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan, 2008
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'China' Briefing Room, Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station, Japan, 2009
'China' Briefing Room, Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station, Japan, 2009
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B-52 Static Display, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, 2008
B-52 Static Display, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, 2008
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Force Protection Training Exercise, Guam Naval Base, 2008
Force Protection Training Exercise, Guam Naval Base, 2008
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Squadron Ready Room, Kunsan Air Base, Korea, 2008
Squadron Ready Room, Kunsan Air Base, Korea, 2008
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HOME BASE Bar, Okinawa, Japan, 2008
HOME BASE Bar, Okinawa, Japan, 2008
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F-16 Ground Crew, Misawa Air Base, Japan, 2008
F-16 Ground Crew, Misawa Air Base, Japan, 2008
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SAMURAI sign, elementary school, Yokosuka Navy Base, Japan, 2008
SAMURAI sign, elementary school, Yokosuka Navy Base, Japan, 2008
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Negishi Housing Area (US Navy) #1, Yokohama, Japan, 2008
Negishi Housing Area (US Navy) #1, Yokohama, Japan, 2008
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American in Corvette, Okinawa, Japan, 2009
American in Corvette, Okinawa, Japan, 2009
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Protest House, Naha, Okinawa. 2012
Protest House, Naha, Okinawa. 2012
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Wives/Families Awaiting Ship Arrival, Sasebo Navy Base, Japan, 2008
Wives/Families Awaiting Ship Arrival, Sasebo Navy Base, Japan, 2008
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Bomb Disposal Unit, Naval Base Guam, 2008
Bomb Disposal Unit, Naval Base Guam, 2008
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