Between 1914 and 1918, military, press and amateur photographers produced thousands of pictures. In her new book Picturing the Western Front: Photography, Practices and Experiences in First World War France (Manchester University Press, 2021) Dr Beatriz Pichel argues that photographic practices also shaped combatants and civilians' war experiences. Doing photography (taking pictures, posing for them, exhibiting, cataloguing and looking at them) allowed combatants and civilians to make sense of what they were living through.
Photography mattered because it enabled combatants and civilians to record events, establish or reinforce bonds with one another, represent bodies, place people and events in imaginative geographies and making things visible, while making others, such as suicide, invisible. Photographic practices became, thus, frames of experience.
Following Dr Pichel's presentation about her research and book there will be an opportunity to ask questions. The event is introduced by photo-historian and RPS Director of Education, Dr Michael Pritchard.
Dr Beatriz Pichel is senior lecturer in the history of photography in the Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester.
This event is free but requires booking.
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Image courtesy: Historial de la Grande Guerre, Péronne
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