Eventually, he crossed paths with an attorney representing some of those former detainees – many of which were never charged with any wrongdoing. The attorney was interviewing them for a class-action lawsuit against military subcontractors accused of abusing them. She allowed Bartlett to come to the hotels in Jordan and Turkey where the interviews were being conducted and set up a studio in a hotel room.
There he took portraits of any former detainee who was willing. Those images became an exhibit called Iraqi Detainees: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Ordeals, and it's part of the International Discoveries series from FotoFest International on display through March 7 at Silver Street Studios.
Houston Matters' Michael Hagerty recently talked with Chris Bartlett, who said there was some irony in using photography to bring light to the detainees' stories.