Kokoda Front Line

Kokoda Front Line

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Damien Parer was without doubt Australiaa€™s greatest war photographer. He helped create the Anzac legend a€“ and many, many of our iconic war images are his photographs. He served his apprenticeship as a stills photographer on the famous Chauvel film, 'Forty Thousand Horsemen', and was appointed Official Photographer covering the Australian fighting in the early days of World War II in Greece and Syria, and Tobruk. His most famous documentary is 'Kokoda Front Line!' , made during the darkest days of the campaign in mid-1942 (it went on to win Australiaa€™s first Academy Award). His photographs and films brought the war home to Australians a€“ and are now an integral part of our military history. He died in action a€“ shot by Japanese machine gun fire, as he filmed an American advance on Peleliu. Originally published as WAR CAMERAMAN: THE STORY OF DAMIEN PARER, and later in an expanded form as DAMIEN PARER'S WAR, this colourful and authoritative story of a great Australian includes many of his most iconic photographs.... in the dance to motivate his famous overhead shots showing the chorus forming a series of intricate geometric patterns. ... Some of the shots could have been lifted straight from Battleship Potemkin, with the camera emphatically tilted to create rather a self-conscious a#39;heroica#39; pose. ... flirting with some hard-faced whores; possibly the only visual record of this aspect of Australian wartime activity! The shotsanbsp;...

Title:Kokoda Front Line
Author:Neil McDonald
Publisher:Hachette UK - 2012-08-28


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