'Tank advancing with Canadian infantry at Vimy, April 1917', Canada. Dept. of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada, 3522713

'The Great War: The Persuasive Power of Photography', National Gallery of Canada

Date of Event: 25 June 2014
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The National Gallery of Canada will be marking the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War with an exhibition exploring the role of photography during the conflict.

The exhibition, entitled The Great War: The Persuasive Power of Photography, will run from the 25th June 2014 until the 17th November.

It will showcase photographs drawn from national and international collections, including a large panoramic, (measuring 20 feet by 11 feet), of Canadian soldiers fighting at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917.

Hundreds of other images, including prints and drawings, will be on display alongside photographs taken during the conflict.

The National Gallery of Canada is however placing particular emphasis on photos, with the aim of "illustrating the many important roles that photography played during the war".

The exhibition will also focus on the context in which photographs were taken: for strategic purposes and espionage, as well as to provoke and persuade audiences in terms of propaganda.

Censorship, as well as the differences between photographs taken for military and political purposes, will also be explored.

Source: National Gallery of Canada

Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News

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