»A vivid, often haunting look at North African battlefields that have been silent and largely unobserved for more than seventy years. Matthew Arnold’s photographs are so compelling that little imagination is needed to see opposing armies once again sweeping across the desert.« Rick Atkinson
Matthew Arnold spent months in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya to photograph these unfamiliar North African landscapes upon which many crucial battles in the North African Campaign (June 1940 to May 1943) were fought. The sites were found utilizing old battle maps to follow the paths that the Allied military units used. Arnold has documented the battlefields as they currently stand in a personal style of landscape photography: impressionistic muted horizons of desert, coastal seascape and grassland, incorporating bunkers, trenches and physical artifacts of the conflict that remain as part of the environment.Unexploded shells, barbed wire and mines still litter the landscapes of North Africa and occasionally claim yet another victim, as if the very land itself is reminding us of the tragedy of war. May 2013 is the 70th anniversary of the end of the North African Campaign.
Matthew Arnold (b. 1972) is a photographer living in New York City. After college he taught offset lithography and digital imaging as an adjunct professor at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Arnold was awarded the 2013 MFA Boston Traveling Fellowship for for this project.
Authors: Hilary Roberts, Matthew Arnold, Natalie Zelt
Artists: Matthew Arnold
Designed by Matthew Arnold
29,7 x 24 cm
79 color ills.