The military and armed conflicts attracted photographers from the earliest of years. Due to technical limitations however such as bulky equipment,wet plate processes that were non-conducive for capturing ANY movement[hence all those stiff Victorian necks and facial expressions in those earliest of photos!]and even the non-permanency of the earliest developing/fixing chemicals used very few interesting genre photos exist today. Nevertheless with the rise of the history of photography after 1945 in North America (though such formalist/academic history had been ongoing in Europe for decades) increasing attention has been paid to searching for,preserving and publishing "old historical photos" of all kinds. Fortunatley the armed forces and armed conflicts have been part of this post-World War II interest.
This page will be dedicated to commemorating and furnishing information including links to military/war photographers,photographs and related topics. The interrelationships between photography,art,illustration and the mass media will not be ignored despite being already well covered.
H-GIG: A University of California web site displaying links on the www related to the history of photography.
Une Promenade Photographique Au Camp Du Chalons
A very fine site with excellent reproductions of late 1850's French photographs of the 1857 Camp du Chalons. Recommended!
...The Siege and Commune of Paris
Northwestern University Special Collection's online links to over 1200 digitized photographs and images produced originally during c.1871. The online collection is constantly being added to.
Anglo-Boer War Photos Index
A South African Museum's online display of over 60 contemporary photographs of the "South African War,1899-1902".
Another Look - World War I Another View
A beautifully designed and presented collection of World War photographs taken mainly in France during 1918.
AFS Images Through Time
AFS (American Field Service) [Americans serving as volunteer ambulance drivers and workers in continental Europe during World War I]photographs.
France at War III,1914-1918 A Gallery of Rare Stereo Photographs
France at War II,1915,1918. More photographs in the France at War Series
An excellent collection of French front line photographs.
Oorlogsherinneringen Jean Platteeuw - Oud-strijder '14-'18 - WWI"
A fine site based on the photographs and collections of a Belgina veteran: Jean Platteeuw. Most of the photos were taken at or near the front lines and depict Belgain held section of the Western Front.
First World War - The Heritage of the Great War 1914-1918
Rob Ruggenberg's fine site. Includes many interesting Netherlandish perspectives on the war such as "How a German SoldierStill Loves His Dead Kaiser".
Refugees in The Netherlands during the First World War 1914-1918
A beautifully designed and thoughtfully presented site on a very neglected topic: military and civilian internees and internment camps/sites. Highly recommended especially for a wonderful 143 images/pages "Slideshow" that includes many rare photographs of the internees and/or their camps/locales.
La Grande Guerre WWI
From France comes this interesting site of both historical and contemporary photos of Northern French war sites. The latter include a very fine set of photos showing the excavation and recovery of a British tank from 1917.
The Edge of War,1945
American soldier's photographs of Germany taken in the spring of 1945.
A series of photographs taken by this psychotherapist from 1979 to date of World War Two Nazi concentration camps including Birkenhau(1996)[35 photos];Mauthausen(1996)[19 photos].... Most of Mr.Jacobs' photos are also found at:
Auschwitz/Birkenau - Photographs by Alan Jacobs
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MEMORIALS and MONUMENTS
WORLD WAR I
SPANISH CIVIL WAR,1936-1939
WORLD WAR II
VIETNAM Conflict 1961-1975