Amateur Photographer

Lest we forget

As many readers will no doubt be aware, 11 November 2018 marks the centenary of the First World War’s armistice. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, a ceasefire to end the ‘war to end all wars’ was called. A hundred years on, we are still affected by the events of that period, a conflict that claimed the lives of over 16 million people.

Photography from that era is something that has also persistently resonated throughout that time. Over the next 10 pages, we’ll be looking at several different facets of First World War imagery.

Richard van Emden has written a series of books about the First World War. His newest publication, , covers the final year of the war, and is illustrated by examples of private photography, letters and diary entries. It aims to encapsulate what life was really like for those serving on the front.

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