The Great War by Mark Holborn

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“This is not an anthology of the greatest photographs of the war,” Holborn declares in his foreword to this book. But it may well be the greatest anthology (yet) of World War I photographs.
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On the occasion of the centenary of World War I in August 2014--an unprecedented, spectacular pictorial history of the first global war in 380 black-and-white photographs, many never seen before, from Imperial War Museums in London.

This monumental, dramatic photographic narrative captures the war from the early arms race that developed around the massing of prewar battleship fleets to the final moments of the conflict with the sinking of the German fleet in Scapa. The photographs span the many battlefronts throughout the world: from the British Isles to the south Atlantic, across Europe and the Ottoman Empire, Sudan and East Africa, Jerusalem and Damascus. Here are soldiers from across the globe, vast battleships, dirigibles overhead, the streets of London, the first battle of Ypres, German submarines at sea, the beaches of Gallipoli, the battle of Jutland, the battle of the Somme trenches, and much, much more. 
 

About Mark Holborn

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MARK HOLBORN has edited a number of books on photography, and has worked with Annie Leibovitz, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Hiro, Susan Sontag, and Issey Miyake, among many others. HILARY ROBERTS studied at University College London, University of London. She is the head of Collections of Imperial War Museums' photography archive and has coauthored Cecil Beaton: Theatre of War (September 2012), also with Mark Holborn.
 
Published October 29, 2013 by Knopf. 504 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, War. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Sep 11 2013

...what most depresses as the images amass their enormous cumulative power is the destruction—of life...of health...of property...and of the natural world...and some surprising beauty: artillery shells in flight by night. Beauty and horror contend for dominance on nearly every powerful page.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Oct 21 2013

Editors Holborn and Roberts succeed in collecting the many facets of war in this noteworthy catalogue of one of the darker chapters in world history.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Christopher Clark on Dec 06 2013

“This is not an anthology of the greatest photographs of the war,” Holborn declares in his foreword to this book. But it may well be the greatest anthology (yet) of World War I photographs.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Jerry Lenaburg on Oct 27 2013

This is truly a beautiful coffee table book, well constructed and practically asking to be opened and leafed through in a slow and thoughtful manner.

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