Historic World War One photographs go on display in Hatfield
PUBLISHED: 21:31 31 March 2018 | UPDATED: 22:12 31 March 2018
Adam Jones-Lloyd, AJL Productions
A free exhibition featuring stunning images of Germany before, during and after World War One has opened in Hatfield.
‘Beyond the Battlefields’ presents a unique series of images created by photographer Käthe Buchler.
The touring exhibition officially launched in Hatfield on March 21 and will be on show in the Art and Design Gallery at the University of Hertfordshire’s College Lane campus until May 5.
This pioneering and historic exhibition marks the first time that Käthe’s photographs have been displayed outside Germany, and the University of Hertfordshire is the last stop in its UK tour.
These rare images offer an extraordinary and very personal insight into Germany during WW1, with a special focus on the home front, of the lives of the women and children.
Last week’s launch event was attended by many special guests from the university and the local community, including Professor Ian Campbell, Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
He said: “This is a fantastic exhibition, demonstrating the expertise and world class research happening in our School of Humanities.
“The University of Hertfordshire is a creative and innovative place, and I think that is what makes us great at showcasing exhibitions such as this, which allow people from both within and outside the University to come and see these photographs.”
Käthe Buchler’s exquisite photographs captured the imagination of the attendees.
They notably celebrated how Buchler’s perspective as a bourgeois wife, mother and pillar of her community was able to capture the stark realism of civilians as well as soldiers in everyday life situations throughout warring Germany – a legacy that still powerfully resonates with audiences today.
Buchler was also an early adopter of the ‘Autochrome’ process – the world’s first colour photographic process – and colour imagery started to appear in her work as early as 1913.
The exhibition is a collaboration between research projects Everyday Lives in War (University of Hertfordshire) and Voices of War and Peace (University of Birmingham), working with the Museum Für Photographie, Braunschweig, UH Arts and Departure Lounge.
Everyday Lives in War is one of five national engagement centres funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to build connections between academic and community researchers in exploring the history and legacies of the First World War.
• For more information about the Beyond the Battlefields exhibition, visit https://www.herts.ac.uk/about-us/events/2018/march/beyond-the-battlefields