Shutters on the Battlefield: An Intimate Look at Photography in WWII


North Wing Corridor
Opening May 5, 2018 through August 5, 2018

The Second World War was at its time, the most documented war in human history. The entire war was photographed from start to finish by professional photographers and regular civilians caught up in one of the most turbulent times of the 20th century. Nearly every event around the world was documented with photographs to create a record of what happened. From the beaches of Normandy to the Holocaust, and even in the snowy mountains of Attu located in the North Pacific, cameras went everywhere. The rolls of film shot during those epic years were saved on cameras either brought home by servicemen or were captured on battlefields by their former owners. These snapshots from a private local collection provide unique views of the war, often by those who fought it. 

Photo Credit: Photographer Unknown, Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima