All posts tagged: Daniel Alexander

When the War is Over

Few things feel so ever-present, or familiar, as the history of the world wars; we take their presence in history as much for granted as we do the many monuments that honour their dead. They populate every town and village, but we seldom stop to think about these monuments. Daniel Alexander and Andrew Haslam’s new photobook, published by Dewi Lewis, asks us to do just that. When the War is Over is a study of the ongoing commemoration of the 1.7 million who died in the world wars. It tells us the story of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, set up following the First World War, and so invites us to revisit this hugely familiar subject matter from a different perspective. Fredrick Kenyon, then director of the British Museum, in a report for the Commission titled ‘How the Cemeteries Abroad Will be Designed’, set out that “What was done for one should be done of all, and that all, whatever their military rank or position, should have equal treatment in their graves”. In doing so, When …


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