John Whiting’s Album of the Great War in Palestine
War photography is as old as photography itself. The first pictures we have date from the Crimean War (1853-1856), which started less than two decades after the “official” invention of photography in 1839. Photographic images were also used to document the American Civil War (1861-1865) and the Great War of 1914. And, even though some of the images that we have from these two wars were actually staged, they all remain important historical documents.1 They provide us with concrete information regarding the logistics of the war while suggesting possible motivations and/or intentions on the part of the photographers. In what follows, I will examine a number of images of the Palestinian front during World War I that are currently in the archives of the Library of Congress.