Hugo Passarello Luna Captures World War I Reenactments with a Vest Pocket Kodak

All images by Hugo Pasarello Luna. Used with permission.

A century after the end of World War I, Paris-based Argentinian photojournalist Hugo Passarello Luna was intrigued by a thought: how exactly does everyone remember the global conflict? To attempt to answer this question he embarked on a project called Nostalgie de la Boue (Nostalgia for Mud) which explores how the French reenactors safeguard its memory.

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Photographer Jeff Gusky Captures Cities Created Under WWI Battlefields

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All images by Jeff Gusky. Used with permission.

Beneath WWI France, rock quarries were turned into underground cities by soldiers on both sides of the war–which was a result of trench warfare. For many years, they were largely unknown and forgotten by the world. Recently, photographer Jeff Gusky captured these cities in his latest series called “The Hidden World of WWI.” The areas were known to locals and private land owners for many years but were heavily guarded to prevent vandalism and theft. Agreeing with the locals to help safeguard the area and bring awareness to it, Gusky was allowed to photograph the ruins.

As a result, Jeff shot thousands of images of the cities–which contained rail systems, art, and lots more that had otherwise never been seen by many people. “I found a world frozen in time…notes to loves ones…” says Jeff. “I found evidences of people living day to day.”

Jeff found chapels, a synagogue, several large theatres, etc in the six months that he spent exploring the region. He stumbled upon the spot through networking in the region. When he travelled inside the caverns, he was completely awestruck. The often treacherous work was performed in complete darkness and sometimes required him to crawl on hands and knees through tight spaces, over jagged rocks, and to lean down over ledges, balancing his camera in one hand. Additional perils in the form of unexploded hand grenades and live artillery shells were common.

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100 Year Old Photos Discovered in Verascope Camera

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The Richard Verascope camera was developed in the late 1800s as one of the first stereoscopic cameras in a reasonably compact form-factor. As a French-made camera it’s no surprise then that it was used during World War I to document the battlefields. One such example seems to have survived relatively unscathed and was recently purchased at an estate sale by Chris Hughes (of anerdsworld.com). Head on past the break for his find, and some scans of the original glass plates.

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Malaise Explores A Sanatorium Turned WWI and WWII Military Hospital

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Urban exploring is cool, but when the locations have some serious history or creepiness to them, it’s even cooler! Malaise is a photography project done by 23 year old London based creative Christian Schmeer about Beelitz-Heilstätten. According to Forbidden Places, it was a tuberculosis sanatorium until World World I came along. During that time, it served as a German Military hospital. Then World War II happened, and it served as a Soviet hospital. Adolf Hitler was treated here. Most of the complex though was abandoned but some of it still remains active.

“The smell of disinfectant still lingers in the operating rooms, permeating through the airy corridors, a caustic whiff in sharp contrast to the gentle palettes of old paint flaking off the walls and fantastic window frames,” stated Abandoned Berlin.

In 1989, the grounds became the scene of six murders as necrophilic serial killer Wolfgang Schmidt, also known as “The Beast of Beelitz”, terrorised the area. Once considered amongst the most advanced hospitals in Europe, Beelitz-Heilstätten has been abandoned and left to dilapidate due to discrepancies over ownership.

Take a look at some other photos and his Vimeo Staff Picks video after the jump.


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