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War Through the Lens

The Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit 1941-1945

by Dan Conlin

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history, photojournalism
list price: $21.95
category: Photography
published: 2015
publisher: Seraphim Editions

War through the Lens tells the story of the most daring filmmakers in the history of Canada's motion picture industry, the fifty cameramen who filmed Canadians in battle during World War Two. They belonged to the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit and often scooped their British and American allies with the first, and in many cases, the most memorable footage of the war's crucial battles in Europe. They produced a legacy of images which continue to shape the depiction of the war today. It is a story of courage, friendship, triumphs and tragedies. The cost of their work was high. Before the guns were stilled, nearly a third of them became casualties with the small unit suffering proportionally among the highest casualty rates in the Canadian Army.

This book explores their experience with unique first person accounts combined with rare and dramatic images of Canada at war. Documenting a front line and a behind the scenes view of the war, War Through the Lens provides both compelling personal stories and important insights into how the war was covered.

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Dan Conlin was born in Berwick, Nova Scotia and received a Bachelor of Journalism degree with a concentration in History from Carleton University in Ottawa in 1986. He worked as a researcher at the National Archives of Canada and wrote exhibit text for the National Science and Technology Museum exhibit Beyond the Printed Word: Newsreel and Broadcast Reporting in Canada.Conlin worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a morning show producer mainly in Radio with CBC Ottawa but also at CBC Television in Halifax and As It Happens in Toronto. In 1996 he earned a Master of History degree at Saint Mary's University in Halifax. He became Curator of Marine History at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in 1997. In 2014 he became the Curator at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 where he is in charge of temporary and travelling exhibitions. He also teaches in the Atlantic Canada Studies department at Saint Mary's University. He is the author of numerous scholarly and public history articles and contributed to the Oxford Companion to Canadian History. His first book, published in 2009 was Pirates of the Atlantic: Robbery, Murder and Mayhem off the Canadian East Coast.

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DAN CONLIN is Curator of Marine History at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and an authority on Nova Scotia privateering.
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