David Easton has had an urgent and rather unusual appeal from Russia. As David says, knowledge of the WFA is obviously truly global:
Below is a summary of the ambitious state-backed project: a project which is likely to have no British content unless our readers can come to the rescue. They simply have no photographs of the British role in the War that they can use. I won't go into the reasons here, but it would be great if you could ride to the rescue! Do you have any original WW1 photographs they can use- to quote my contact Dmitry:
We need images illustrating the British and Commonwealth armies' participation in the war and featuring all episodes of war from battles to everyday life in trenches. We shall need some 50 images to fill the gap..
Please ask people to add captions to the images they offer and, of course, the owner's name. It is also important that all the images are legally impeccable, otherwise the publisher may have serious problems with the rightful owners. I would suggest sending pics as thumbnails or "light" versions of the images. As we select the images for the publication we shall be sending you requests for higher definition files."
In fact, any photos would be useful from this time- landgirls, lady 'coalmen', street scenes with soldiers/nurses... all is potentially suitable. There could be some payment for original images if this is required- quite how this payment will be made still needs to be addressed since I know some of you will wish simply to donate images to 'fill the gap' and fly the flag.
If you wish to be a part of this great project, speed is of the essence. Please email your images as Dmitry suggests to
You could copy me in if you liked:
The Russian State Archive of Film and Photo Documents (RSAFPD), the largest national depositary of audio and visual archives, is finishing its work on a photo album entitled The Great War 1914-1918 Newsreels and Photo Chronicle.
The edition will be published with the support of the Russian Culture Ministry, German Historical Institute in Moscow and the French-Russian Centre for Social and Humanity Sciences.
The RSAFPD project is basically intended to show combat operations on all fronts with an emphasis on the Eastern Front and cover the widest range possible of everyday human activities in the trenches, in battle, in the rear, the army headquarters and suchlike without dividing the warring sides into allies and adversaries.
The album will be based on war photos and newsreels from the collections of Russian and foreign archives, such as the Russian State Naval Archive, the State Archive of the Russian Federation, the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History, the State Historical Museum, the German Federal Archive, the Austrian War Archive, US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Library of US Congress, Military Archives of Serbia etc.
The edition will be published by Liki Rossii / Faces of Russia Publishers (St Petersburg) in July 2014.
The photo album is expected to come out in 2 volumes, 600 pages each, in the Russian and, English languages. The estimated number of photographs is 1200.
Under the existing Russian book publishing laws, on the reverse side of the title page there will be a list of all project participants in alphabetic order and the copyright sign with the accepted abbreviation of the image contributor’s name.
The edition will also include information about each project participant.
In view of the above, we are offering you the opportunity to take part in our project by providing scanned photos from your collections.
WFA Branch Co-ordinator
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