Tuesday, November 04, 2014

What We're Reading: Great War


Great War: a photographic narrative by Mark Holborn (940.3022 Great)

 As November 11 approaches, this collection of photographs from Britain’s Imperial War Museum displays the impact of the camera on the historical record of World War 1. War photography captured the crowds’ excitement at the early stages of a war that would be “over by Christmas”; it saw the birth of aerial reconnaissance; it created an indelible portrait of the everyday soldier’s struggles in the trenches on the Western Front and the battles elsewhere on land, sea and in the air. It showed exhaustion, murderous slaughter and moments of great solemnity.
The shots of the denuded woods, the ruined villages, the gassed soldiers stay in one’s mind. These marvelous pictures from every theater of war-and the home front- do justice to a hollow victory which only set the stage for more violent wars to follow.

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