The Unknown Soldier

Photography by David Jay

Revealing the oft unseen consequence of war, The Unknown Soldier is a series of large scale, black and white portraits documenting young men and women upon their return home. Its images ask the viewer to bear witness to the fruits of our collective endeavors and reconsider the simple but immense power of our daily interactions and the future we create.

The Unknown Soldier premiered in May 2015 at the German Embassy in DC. Opening night was hosted by Ambassador Peter Wittig and Huberta von Voss-Wittig. Opening Remarks were given by National Security Adviser Susan Rice. Bob Woodruff moderated a panel discussion including David Jay, Phil Klay  (National Book Award winner and former U.S. Marine) as well as Congressman Steve Russell (Iraq veteran and author).

The Phillips Collection in DC acquired one of the images for their permanent collection, and The Library of Congress has acquired the series in its entirety as visual documentation of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The exhibition of these powerful and current photographs has proven to be a profoundly effective effort not only honoring our nation’s heroes, but also in educating the public on the men and women who are transitioning back into society after this monumental event in our country’s history.

To view the series please visit

To read the Smithsonian report on The Unknown Soldier as PDF click here.

The following are links to press reports covering The Unknown Soldier:


USA Today



We are the Mighty




Huberta von Voss