See Singer-Turned-Photographer Bryan Adams' Stark Portraits of Wounded British Soldiers: 'War Is Disgusting'

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Caroline Frogatt, HRH Prince Harry and photographer Bryan Adams attend the private view of 'Wounded: The Legacy of War' at Somerset House on Remembrance Day, Nov. 11, 2014 in London, England. 

Rock Icon Bryan Adams' lifelong interest in photography turned into a vocation when he began shooting for fashion magazines and advertisers more than a decade ago. But it's not all models and celebrities: He most recently turned his lens on 40 British soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. His series Wounded: The Legacy of War, the subject of a 2013 book from Steidl and an exhibit at London’s Somerset House on display this month through Jan. 25, showcases the brutal (and all too common) injuries incurred in battle. "I didn't like the fact that people were getting so badly hurt, so many people were killed, were displaced, forgotten. This is my statement," says Adams, 55. On the legacy of the images, he says, "I hope [people] realize that these guys made an incredible sacrifice. War is disgusting and this is the result of what happens when we decide to beat each other up."

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This article first appeared in the Nov. 29 issue of Billboard.