In commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, a series of exhibitions including Photography and the Moving Image in Battle will be formally opened at Maitland Regional Art Gallery.
The MRAG exhibition focuses on photography of World War I, especially photographs of the Battle of Passchendaele and studio portraits of local residents who served at Passchendaele. Most of the material in the exhibition is drawn from the collections of the Australian War Memorial.
The exhibition provides a visual engagement with the mud, cold, horrors and sacrifice faced by soldiers at the Battle of Passchendaele. Viewers are invited to contemplate the battle and World War I through the war photographs of Frank Hurley and Hubert Wilkins. The human face of the conflict is highlighted by studio portraits of local men who fought at Passchendaele. The production of these images also questions the nature and purpose of local studios such as Cameron Studio, Maitland and Galloway Studio in how society views war both then and now.
This exhibition also highlights how photographic prints on paper may also be considered work of art.