Thursday, 1 February 2018 at 6:00 pm – Thursday, 1 February 2018 at 8:00 pm
Beyond the Battlefields: Käthe Buchler's Photographs of Germany in the Great War
Join us for the exhibition launch of a unique series of images made by photographer Käthe Buchler (1876-1930) in Germany before, during and after World War One, which are part of the collection of the Museum of Photography in Braunschweig – where Buchler lived and worked.
Buchler’s exquisitely posed portraits and landscapes are the vision of a respectable, bourgeois wife and mother, a pillar of her community with significant technical expertise and a remarkable (and little known) aesthetic vision; she was an early adopter of the ‘Autochrome’ process, the world’s first colour photographic process.
Buchler’s photos during the Great War examine the care of orphaned children and wounded troops. Images of children as an integral part of the war effort provide a remarkable insight into the war’s impact on their everyday lives. Together with a fascinating series entitled ‘Women in Men’s Jobs’, they provide a remarkable window on the preoccupations of ordinary Germans, living and working hundreds of miles away from the fighting.
Exhibition runs 2 February – 1 March 2018
Beyond the Battlefields: an international touring exhibition co-organised by the History Research Centre and Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University, Museum Für Photographie, Braunschweig and the AHRC funded First World War engagement centres at the University of Birmingham and the University of Hertfordshire.
Run in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Museum for Photography Braunschweig, University of Birmingham and Voices of War and Peace.