Images can speak louder than words

World War I was the first armed conflict documented through photographs. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the first “mass-market” cameras were created, but the 35mm film camera prototype, initially known as “Ur-Leica”, was developed in the decades of 1910-1920. The War was an ideal event to use this new technology, as a fast way of documenting events.

For more details about the history of photography during this period:

Carmichael, J. Photographers of the First World War (London: Routledge, 1989)

There are several websites that have interesting photo collections, here are some suggestions:

The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/static/infocus/wwi/

The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/10849528/In-pictures-Never-before-seen-photographs-from-World-War-One-frontline.html

National Geographic: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/08/ww1-underground/gusky-photography

El Pais (in Spanish): http://elpais.com/elpais/2014/05/26/fotorrelato/1401098015_009876.html#1401098015_009876_1401099032

PBS: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/images-world-war-devastation-overlaid-modern-photos-france/

Great War (independent site): http://www.gwpda.org/photos/

-Isabel

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