Going from the sublime to the tragic it may be time, as the world seems in danger of facing a major conflict, to revisit what war actually means and in that case the Art Gallery of Ontario is the place to be as they are hosting a mammoth exhibition, Photography: The First World War-1914-1918. The AGO holds 500 photographic albums depicting the First World War from all sides and because of the amount of material available divided it up in two like this. Part I: April 28 – October 28, 2018. Part II: November 10, 2018 – April 14, 2019.
Adjacent to the main display, the McEwen Gallery will showcase works by Australian war photographer James Francis “Frank” Hurley (1885–1962), who was on official assignment throughout World War I. His album Australian Units on the Western Front (1916–1918) presents a series of compelling photographs, each offering views of different aspects of life on the Front. Soldiers, in action and at ease, are pictured, as well as the grimmer realities of war: casualties, scorched landscapes, and destroyed architecture. The album — disassembled for the exhibition — highlights Hurley’s skill as a photographer and features a rich breadth of imagery.