Banbridge Camera Club opens WW1 photography exhibition

Banbridge Camera Club opened its exhibition, Photography of the First world War, at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio on Friday 29 April.

The Camera Club and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council welcomed photography enthusiasts, historians of the First World War and many interested local people, to the opening.

In this, the centenary year of the Battle of the Somme, Banbridge Camera Club, embarked on a major project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to document the work of photographers of the First World War.

The project has culminated in this exhibition at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and a short film, which will be distributed to schools, colleges and local community organisations.

As the First World War progressed, the need to inform the public about events on the battle field became a major concern.

Young press photographers were recruited to document the progress of the war effort and supply images that would influence public opinion at home.

This process shaped the way that war has been reported ever since.

This exhibition documents the efforts of the men and women who risked their lives to record the carnage on the battle field.

Featuring well known WWI photographers including Frank Hurley and Ernest Brooks, the exhibition also explores a local dimension through Jason Diamond’s research on the Smyth family of Banbridge who lost seven members of their family during the conflict.

Paul Mullan, Head of HLF NI said: “This project has delved into a really interesting aspect of the experience of war and the exhibition will help more people understand the important role of photographers during the war, documenting the realities of the conflict.

“All across the UK we have been supporting communities to explore the impacts of the First World War.

“It is thanks to National Lottery players that we can support these fascinating projects.”

The exhibition runs until 28th May and entry is free.

The F.E. McWilliam Gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm.