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Forced March to the Front between Lonié and Mitulen

Accession Number
1985/1.125.9

Title
Forced March to the Front between Lonié and Mitulen

Artist(s)
André Kertész

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1915, printed 1980

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

Dimensions
7 15/16 in x 9 15/16 in (20.16 cm x 25.24 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Edward M. Strauss

Subject matter
The title of this photograph adds a particularly ominous resonance to bleak subject matter: the forced march of soldiers to battle during World War I. Kertész's composition situates the procession on a winding country road in Poland that bisects the picture plane and disappears out of view, reinforcing the enormity of the conflict through the endless, anonymous participants, and underscoring the monotony of the soldiers' compulsory journey. This image was included in a portfolio of 15 photographs entitled "A Hungarian Memory," which was published by Hyperion Press in 1980.

Physical Description
Photograph of a long procession of soldiers marching in a rural landscape.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
documentary photography
journeys
landscapes (environments)
soldiers
world wars

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