Australian official war photography from the campaign in Greece 1941

Efstathiadou, Anna (2014) Australian official war photography from the campaign in Greece 1941. Balkan Studies, 49 89-111.

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Author Efstathiadou, Anna
Title Australian official war photography from the campaign in Greece 1941
Journal name Balkan Studies
ISSN 0005-4313
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 49
Start page 89
End page 111
Total pages 23
Place of publication Thessaloniki, Greece
Publisher Institute for Balkan Studies
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
During the Second World War, official war photography was called to depict and record images of the Australian soldier, adding to but also extending the existing legacy already established from the First World War. The focus of this paper is on selected official photographic material taken by George Silk and Damien Parer from the moment Australian troops arrived in the Greek port of Piraeus on 27th March 1941 to the time the two official artists left Greece in May 1941. Although the Greek campaign has been recorded in the Australian history books, relevant official war photography has not received much attention from scholars, especially when compared to photographs from other Second World War theatres, like that of the Pacific. Silk’s and Parer’s selected commissioned photographs, showing soldiers of the 2nd Australian Imperial Force merging into Greek culture and landscape, interacting with the locals in cities and villages, both at leisure and whilst marching to the front, are discussed. They provide an important insight into the Australian photographic record of Second World War, referring to the institutional bodies that produced them and their agendas, the ideological imaginings of the military, the civilian dimension and what was considered news worthy and propaganda.
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