[Action At Zonnebeke, Belgium]. Frank Hurley, Aust.
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[Action At Zonnebeke, Belgium]

1917/c1920s. Vintage silver gelatin photograph, composite image, annotated “E5988” in an unknown hand in pencil with stamp verso, 13.8 x 19.1cm. Minor foxing overall.

Stamp includes “Australian official photo no. Purchased from Australian War Museum, Wool Exchange, King St, Melb.” Illustrated in O’Keefe, Hurley at War: The Photography and Diaries of Frank Hurley in Two World Wars, 1986, p51, with the caption “The classic World War 1 ‘over the top’ picture… in fact this was a composite photograph of the action at Zonnebeke in October. Hurley felt such pictures necessary, as ‘to get pictures one must go into the hottest and even then come out disappointed. To get war pictures of striking interest and sensation is like attempting the impossible.’…”

Item #CL172-97

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