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First World War exhibition at St James’s Park

Works by photographer Mike St Maur Sheil explore the conflict

05 October, 2018 — By Molly Blackall

One of the photographs on display 

ST JAMES’S Park is hosting an exhibition of photography from the battlefields of the First World War.

Fields Of Battle, timed to coincide with the centenary of the end of the war, will feature the work of celebrated photojournalist Mike St Maur Sheil. His work documents the battlefields as they are today and looks at the relationship between the destruction of the war and the healing of the natural landscape.

It is the final exhibition on the First World War by Mr Sheil whose images have become some of the most prominent explorations of the conflict.

Mark Wasilewski, St James’s Park manager, said: “Not only do these striking and poignant images reflect on a global war we must never forget, the exhibition reminds us of the crucial role The Royal Parks had in aiding the war effort 100 years ago, as well as the continuing role of
St James’s Park in supporting events that commemorate those who lost their lives.”

The exhibition, which opens on Saturday and runs until November 19, uses original photographs of the battlefields from the war, alongside archive photographs and maps.

Mr Sheil added: “The theme has always been that time and nature have healed the wounds of war, and to reveal that what were once places of horror and killing have now become landscapes of beauty and tranquillity.”

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