Opening Reception: Thursday January 19, 7:30PM
Through the Lens is an exhibition of photographs that draws from local, private, and public collections to illustrate lives and times of Brandon and its soldiers during World War I. These visual records reveal home-grown stories of life, love, and loss during an international crisis that shaped an era. By bringing together images that play radically different roles, Through the Lens explores how the circulation and production of photographs participated in every stage of the Great War; from recruitment to battle, documentation, reassurance, as well as private and public mourning. Looking back through these images and being confronted with the anonymity of many of their subjects, we are tasked with understanding the collective and personal histories touched by the war and its commemoration.