The war of 1914-18 left a mark on Australia, as have the wars that have happened since. Every town here has a small obelisk or an avenue of honour dedicated to those men who did not return from France, Flanders the Middle East or the Far East. Every April 25th, we gather at dawn in those small towns to remember them.
Artist and photographers were sent along to record the events as they happened and this week I wanted to reflect on their work.
A name that immediately springs to mind is Damien Parer. An Australian war correspondent and filmmaker. Parer’s work is iconic.
What these images do for me is put things in perspective. I cannot begin to imagine how you could make anything under such conditions but Parer, Robert Capa, Mathew Brady and many others have done and continue to do so.
Think about that the next time you feel stuck.