Photography and the Great War

Photography and the Great War

‘An appropriate mascot the British bulldog with the Australian Expeditionary Force at Broadmeadows’, Rose Stereographs , 1914, HP2014.3

Photographs from the Macleay Museum’s Historic Photograph Collection.

Photography was a part of all aspects of the Great War. Photographs were taken by official, commercial and amateur soldier photographers, and found a mass audience in newspapers and illustrated magazines. The images ranged from the heroic and epic to informal snapshots. These photographs allow us to consider how the war was seen at the time, how the images continue to be used to explore the experiences of war, and the nature of photographs as documentary evidence.