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When War is Over | Daniel Alexander & Andrew Haslam

$42.00
1.7 million deaths in the Commonwealth War of World War I and World War II are commemorated individually and by name, in graves and monuments in 153 countries around the world. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission maintains these: 2,500 cemeteries, another 21,000 cemeteries, and 200 memorials for the missing. This involves an international industry of managers, stonemasons, stone cutters and gardeners. They respond to family inquiries, update records, tend to the landscape, and repair or replace worn and damaged headstones - about 22,000 are replaced each year. This continuous maintenance has created a form of living monument, which is continually regenerated. When War Over Over investigates this through footage and through photos of the maintenance and construction process. Aerial satellite images of cemeteries emphasize the monumental scale of death and the global reach of these memorial sites. Alexander avoids the familiar and the sentimental to investigate contemporary ideas of permanence, process, and continual commemoration. The photographs and the book's design emphasize the tension inherent in the Commission's goal of commemorating the individual through the uniform treatment of many. Daniel Alexander is a photographer from London. Combining design and photography, his work has been published in several books and has been exhibited in the Wellcome Collection, the Imperial War Museum, the Science Museum and the Charité. He is currently the Director of the Photography course at London South Bank University. Andrew Haslam is a designer and writer whose previous publications include Type and Typography, Book Design and Lettering: A Reference Manual of Techniques. He is Associate Director of the Design School, Kingston School of Art, Kingston University.

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When War is Over | Daniel Alexander & Andrew Haslam

$42.00