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Book Review: Silent Landscape

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9781911096030_1Silent Landscape: Battlefields of the Western Front 1914-1918 by James Kerr & Simon Doughty

(Helion Books 2016, ISBN 978 1 911096 03 0, 208 pp, profusely illustrated, hardback, £29.95)

The Great War was a century ago, and so surely everything has been written that could be written, every possible interpretation has been explored? That war was so vast the last word will never be written, and new generations will continue to view the war in so many different ways from books to art to photography: and all that is a good thing. Silent Landscape is a classic example of this; interpretation of the Great War by seeing what remains of it through the lens of a professional photographer.

Being a battlefield photographer myself I am always fascinated to see how other photographers view the world I take images in. This book is a real treat for that, with so many great photos, and not just from the Somme and Flanders, but the Vosges, Main de Massiges and some really stunning images of the Phantoms Memorial in the Marne. It is easy to get lost in a book like this, and the accompanying text is far from just dressing, it adds contexts to the photographs and makes this book one of the recent highlights of WW1 Centenary publishing. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys seeing images of the battlefields and those who wish to improve their own photographs.

The book is available from the Helion website.


Author: ww1centenary

Military Historian & author who works in Television: visiting & interpreting battlefields all over the world. Currently working on WW1 projects for 2014-18.

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