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One thing that can be a little bit surprising is the degree to which pre-digital photographers were able to alter their photographs.

In fact, the tools we use today in Photoshop are often named after their darkroom counterparts: dodge, burn, mask, layer, and more ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿงต Photograph of a darkroom wi...
Today I want to talk about what happens usually after the print goes to press (as opposed to changes the photographer themselves might do, though they could).
This was the subject of my 2019 Elaine Ling Fellowship with the @ImageCentreTO. I examined a collection of FWW photos that once belonged to the New York Times & got interested/excited about the ways they had been retouched. Photograph of Carla-Jean St...Photograph of Carla-Jean St...
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War photography exhibitions date back to the mid-19th century. Some of the earliest included images of the Crimea and the US Civil War.

In recent decades, we've seen some excellent exhibitions of #warphotos, and I've listed a few catalogues here below ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿฝ
One of the most important texts that you need to check out is Anne Wilkes Tucker (et alโ€™s) โ€œWar/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath.โ€ This exhibition was mounted at the MFA Houston in 2012.
War/Photography takes a thematic approach to how wars have been photographed across the decades.

It weighs about 28 lbs to carry, but it's worth the sore arms.
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A new #warphotos thread to brighten up your Tuesday and youโ€™re going to want to bookmark this one. What follows is a step-by-step guide on how to find Canadian official First World War photographs. Image
(Photograph is: Lt. Charles Hemming โ€œChasโ€ Hastings, CWRO Records Officer, ca. 1916-1919, unattributed, LAC MIKAN 3216622).
If you cast your mind back to May 1919, you can almost picture Canadian official war photographer William Rider-Rider escorting big heavy crates of glass-plate negatives across the Atlantic to Canada.
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In honour of #RemembranceDay2020 tomorrow, I'll be posting quick bios of most of the commonwealth #FWW photographers - beginning today with the Brits ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง #thread #warphotos Image
Photograph is: A gas sentry ringing an alarm at Fleurbaix, 15 miles south of Ypres, June 1916, Ernest Brooks, ยฉ IWM Q 669 #warphotos
Ernest Brooks (1876-1957) was Britainโ€™s first official First World War photographer & got his start in the Dardanelles. He was brought on on a temporary basis so that the British Propaganda Bureau could decide whether having an official photographer was feasible. Image
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One of the most iconic First World War photographs - Ivor Castleโ€™s 'Over the Top' - turns 104 years old this month. Letโ€™s explore the history of this extremely famous (yet misunderstood) photograph #thread #warphotos
(This #thread is derived from a talk I gave last year for Remembrance Day, but as we all know, this year looks a little different. Alas, the magic of the internet).
Over the Top, taken in October 1916, is actually a series of 4 photographs, and Iโ€™ve posted them all for you here (not sure why O-876, the final photograph in the series is digitized from a print, unlike O-873-875). These four belong to Library and Archives Canada.
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A Saturday afternoon #thread on different historical photographic processes using, in honour of #BlackHistoryMonth, representations of African Americans. Saddle up kids! ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿฟ
Daguerreotype is: [African American woman], ca. 1850, unattributed Daguerreotype with applied color, George Eastman Museum, 1969.0201.0020.
In 1839, two practical photographic processes were unveiled to the world: the Daguerreotype, developed by Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre (et al), and the Calotype, developed by Henry Fox Talbot.
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A quick break from #BlackHistoryMonth to talk about the #LunarNewYear - I did a similar search for Chinese representations in Canadian official war photographs, and found 10 results. Here's a little #thread about them -
(Photograph is: Chinese Labour Battalions in France celebrating the Chinese New Year on February 11, 1918. William Rider-Rider, LAC MIKAN 3396797) #warphotos
Rider-Rider took four additional photographs by that same title. They're LAC MIKAN 3396798 - 6801. This is neg # O-2447
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Today marks the beginning of #BlackHistoryMonth - here's a quick little thread on my very preliminary findings re: photographs of black Canadians in Canada's official First World War photographs ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿฟ
(Photograph is: Three black soldiers in a German dug-out captured during the advance East of Arras, October 1918, William Rider-Rider).
Obviously, soldiers of all combatant nations were fired up to fight for their countries beginning in 1914 because they felt a deep sense of patriotism. This was not divided along racial lines (race isn't a real thing, duh).
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For #BellLetsTalk day, #LetsTalk about Canadian photographers who experienced traumatic events while documenting the #FWW and #SWW ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ
(Photograph is: Mud and barbed wire through which the Canadians advanced during the Battle of Passchendaele. W. Rider-Rider, November 1917, LAC MIKAN 3194807).
Canada's earliest #FWW photographer, Harry Knobel, experienced stress during the first months of the war. He was a member of the 1st Canadian Contingent whose medical records note that he began experiencing โ€œneurastheniaโ€ or โ€œtrench feverโ€ as early as November 1915.
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Happy Monday - it turns out, there are numerous excellent photographs of people drinking tea in the @I_W_M collection. I'll share just a few of them below ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ
An #Australian Comforts Fund canteen provides a cup of tea for a soldier, Herbert Baldwin, 1916, ยฉ IWM E(AUS) 34 #warphotos #ANZAC
Tiny, a small donkey found dying by the roadside by 26th Divisional Train. Tiny allegedly had been known to take 9 mugs of tea in succession. 1915, Ariel Varges, Salonika ยฉ IWM Q 31579.
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Today marks the 76th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid. It's a great example in why it's important to cite your photography sources whenever possible. Wanna know why? Thread ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ
Photograph is: Personnel landing craft draw away from a motor torpedo boat to start their run-in to the beaches during the raid on Dieppe, unattributed, August 1942, LAC MIKAN 3194301 #Dieppe
In 1939, the Canadian Army didn't have a plan for how it would hire photographers. January 1940, the Public Relations Office (PR) is set up in London. They are able to begin hiring photographers.
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After I finish up this year tweeting out the #HundredDays, I hope everyone is ready for a steady stream of #WW2 photography - too amazing not to share & (more importantly) explore together.
Photograph turns 74 tomorrow! "War correspondent James Cassidy standing at the entrance to Falaise, France", 18 August 1944. By Ken Bell, LAC MIKAN 3224833 #warphotos
(Sidenote: if you've hung out in France, and drank Calvados with friends, images like this will be special to you, like they are to me. And if you haven't yet, you will, and it'll be wonderful).
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I mentioned before that Rider-Rider shows us quite a few captured POWs during #Amiens, but he also shows us captured guns. LAC MIKAN 3397896 & 7887.
For the gear heads in the group: 7.7cm FK 96 n.a. field gun, colloquially referred to as a "whizz-bang" b/c of the sound of the shell in the air & detonating, and a 15 cm sFH 02 heavy howitzer since claimed by the 13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada).
I pulled that right off of LAC because I'm not an arms expert. If the info is wrong, don't @ me. Email LAC and tell them to update their records ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ˜‚
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Aug 8 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of #Amiens. This battle ushered in the #HundredDays offensive and saw some of the most decisive victories of the war #thread ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ
Photograph is: "Scene at Field Ambulance Dressing Station," by William Rider-Rider, August, 1918. LAC MIKAN 3397054 #Amiens100
The Hundred Days also saw the culmination of William Rider-Riderโ€™s career as Canadaโ€™s third and final official photographer. (seen here in: [Portrait of William Rider-Rider, ca. 1917, unattributed, @I_W_M ยฉ Q 113992).
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William Rider-Rider documents wounded arriving at a Canadian Field Dressing Station during the Battle of Amiens. August 8-12, 1918 LAC MIKAN 3397055 #warphotos #FWW ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ
Rider-Rider's photographs from July 1918 represent a regression to the static behind-the-lines documentary photographs Harry Knobel had taken in 1916. They show us subjects like distinguished visits, the dentist and men getting haircuts.
Completely reminiscent of Harry Knobel's photographs showing us camp cooks and soldiers at rest billets.
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Thomas Keith Aitken was back in the Bois de Reims #onthisday in 1918, photographing the Battle of Tardenois. He took (at least) 16 photographs, and below are some highlights ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ #warphotos #thread
Photograph is: Men of the 2nd Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (62nd Division) examining a captured German Maxim 08/15 (Spandau) machine gun with French and Italian officers. ยฉ IWM (Q 11107)
War photographers like Aitken frequently demonstrated Allied success in the photographs by showing us equipment taken from the Germans. Here are men of the 62nd btn again with a Maxim 08/15, ยฉ IWM (Q 11104).
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Thomas Keith Aitken was also out making photographs on 23 July 1918 - #thread ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ
Battle of Tardenois. British (62nd Division) and French soldiers in action in Bois de Reims, ยฉ IWM (Q 11110) #warphotos #FWW
Battle of Tardenois. French troops and a soldier of the British 62nd Division escorting German prisoners who are bringing back British and French wounded. Bois du Reims, ยฉ IWM (Q 11099)
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