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  was featured in the "Perspectives" exhibition at the International Centre of Photography, New York, Jan 23-May 6, 2012.
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USMC Birthday Celebrations, Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. 2014
USMC Birthday Celebrations, Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. 2014
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Demonstration, July 4th, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. 2008
Demonstration, July 4th, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. 2008
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Miss America visiting Atsugi Naval Air Station, Japan. 2008
Miss America visiting Atsugi Naval Air Station, Japan. 2008
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American with Headphones, Chatan, Okinawa. 2014
American with Headphones, Chatan, Okinawa. 2014
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USAF F-15 and AWAC approaching Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. 2008
USAF F-15 and AWAC approaching Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. 2008
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Briefing Room (North Korea), USMC Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. 2008
Briefing Room (North Korea), USMC Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. 2008
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Bomb Makers, Osan Air Base, Korea. 2008
Bomb Makers, Osan Air Base, Korea. 2008
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ATM and Aircraft Carrier, Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan
ATM and Aircraft Carrier, Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan
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Evening, US Navy Negishi Housing Area, Yokohama, Japan. 2009
Evening, US Navy Negishi Housing Area, Yokohama, Japan. 2009
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USMC Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. 2008
USMC Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. 2008
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Protest House, Naha, Okinawa. 2012
Protest House, Naha, Okinawa. 2012
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American and Korean Officers at Joint Services Awards Ceremony, Seoul, Korea. 2008
American and Korean Officers at Joint Services Awards Ceremony, Seoul, Korea. 2008
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US Army Garrison Humphries, South Korea. 2008
US Army Garrison Humphries, South Korea. 2008
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'Memphis Belle' B-52, Andersen Air Base, Guam. 2008
'Memphis Belle' B-52, Andersen Air Base, Guam. 2008
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US Navy Headquarters, Yokosuka, Japan. 2008
US Navy Headquarters, Yokosuka, Japan. 2008
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US Army Birthday Ball, Camp Zama, Japan. 2008
US Army Birthday Ball, Camp Zama, Japan. 2008
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Stars and Stripes Delivery Boy, Yokota Air Base, Japan. 2008
Stars and Stripes Delivery Boy, Yokota Air Base, 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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July 4th at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. 2008
July 4th at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. 2008
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Stars and Stripes Reader in Corvette, Okinawa, Japan. 2009
Stars and Stripes Reader in Corvette, Okinawa, Japan. 2009
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Mail Box, US Navy Negishi Housing Area, Yokohama, Japan. 2008
Mail Box, US Navy Negishi Housing Area, Yokohama, Japan. 2008
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US Army Training, Camp Rodriguez, Korea. 2008
US Army Training, Camp Rodriguez, Korea. 2008
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Families dockside awaiting arrival of USS George Washington, Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. 2008
Families dockside awaiting arrival of USS George Washington, Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan. 2008
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B-52 Pre-flight Check, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. 2008
B-52 Pre-flight Check, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. 2008
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Ground Crew, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. 2008
Ground Crew, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. 2008
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US Navy Negishi Housing Area, Yokohama, Japan. 2008
US Navy Negishi Housing Area, Yokohama, 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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Off-duty Marine on seawall, Okinawa, Japan. 2014
Off-duty Marine on seawall, Okinawa, Japan. 2014
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Galaxy Cabaret, Iwakuni, Japan. 2008
Galaxy Cabaret, Iwakuni, Japan. 2008
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USMC Birthday Ball, Okinawa, Japan. 2008
USMC Birthday Ball, Okinawa, Japan. 2008
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Announcer, American Forces Network (AFN), USMC Iwakuni Air Station, Japan. 2008
Announcer, American Forces Network (AFN), USMC Iwakuni Air Station, Japan. 2008
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'Terry's Place', Iwakuni, Japan. 2009
'Terry's Place', Iwakuni, Japan. 2009
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Slayer Squadron, US Army Garrison Humphries, South Korea. 2015
Slayer Squadron, US Army Garrison Humphries, South Korea. 2015
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Thai beach vendor and US Marines during 'Cobra Gold' military  exercises, Thailand. 2008
Thai beach vendor and US Marines during 'Cobra Gold' military exercises, Thailand. 2008
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Commissary, Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. 2008
Commissary, Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. 2008
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Weekend Softball Game, Futenma Marine Corps Air Station, Okinawa, Japan. 2008
Weekend Softball Game, Futenma Marine Corps Air Station, Okinawa, Japan. 2008
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Rising sun symbol worn by USAF F-16 pilot, Misawa, Japan. 2008
Rising sun symbol worn by USAF F-16 pilot, Misawa, Japan. 2008
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Briefing Room (China), USMC Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. 2008
Briefing Room (China), USMC Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. 2008
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'Death From the Darkness' (Mors Ex Tenebris), USMC Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. 2008
'Death From the Darkness' (Mors Ex Tenebris), USMC Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. 2008
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USMC training, Camp Schwab, Okinawa. 2008
USMC training, Camp Schwab, Okinawa. 2008
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Atsugi Naval Air Station, Japan. 2008
Atsugi Naval Air Station, Japan. 2008
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Galaxy Cabaret, Iwakuni, Japan. 2009
Galaxy Cabaret, Iwakuni, Japan. 2009
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F-16, Misawa Air Base, Japan. 2008
F-16, Misawa Air Base, Japan. 2008
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Boys on Curb, US Navy Negishi Housing Area, Yokohama, Japan. 2009
Boys on Curb, US Navy Negishi Housing Area, Yokohama, Japan. 2009
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Woman in Mr Donuts, Sasebo, Japan. 2008
Woman in Mr Donuts, Sasebo, Japan. 2008
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Joint Services Awards Ceremony, Seoul, Korea. 2008
Joint Services Awards Ceremony, Seoul, Korea. 2008
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Wives and families dockside, Sasebo Naval Base, Japan. 2008
Wives and families dockside, Sasebo Naval Base, Japan. 2008
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Off-duty on base, USMC Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. 2008
Off-duty on base, USMC Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. 2008
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USMC Camp Foster, Housing Area, Okinawa, Japan. 2008
USMC Camp Foster, Housing Area, Okinawa, Japan. 2008
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US Naval Base, Guam, Family Housing. 2008
US Naval Base, Guam, Family Housing. 2008
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'Main Street USA', USMC Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. 2008
'Main Street USA', USMC Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan. 2008
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Camp Rodriguez live fire tank training, Korea. 2008
Camp Rodriguez live fire tank training, Korea. 2008
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Training exercise, USMC Iwakuni, Japan. 2008
Training exercise, USMC Iwakuni, Japan. 2008
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Weekend Softball, USMC Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. 2008
Weekend Softball, USMC Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. 2008
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'Home', Astugi Naval Air Station, Japan. 2008
'Home', Astugi Naval Air Station, Japan. 2008
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