Tuesday, 21 June 2016
For the first time in almost 100 years an extraordinary series of hand-coloured First World War photographs will go on public display from 25 June 2016 at the State Library of NSW.
The free exhibition - Colour in Darkness: Images from the First World War - showcases over 150 unique photographs including some of the first known aerial photographs and images by renowned official war photographer Frank Hurley.
According to NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive Alex Byrne: 'The State Library is thrilled to showcase this extraordinary and little-known aspect of the Library’s collection relating to the First World War, as part of our five-year commemorative program.'
Many of the photographs were taken by soldiers in the field or while on R&R – some were even taken by enemy soldiers - and depict sweeping desert views of Light Horse troops on the march, scenes of devastation on the Western front, and rare snapshots of occupied Germany.