O’Keefe historian hosts presentation on Canadian WWII Photography

The event will take place August 25th from 1:30pm- 2:30pm at the Greater Vernon Museum & Archives.

Troops of the 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade going ashore at Bernières-sur-mer, Normandy, France, 6 June 1944. (Gilbert Alexander Milne/Canada. Dept. of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada/PA-122765)

Light is being shed on stories and images from some of the darkest days of history.

Local historian Carla-Jean Stokes will be hosting a Canadian WWII Photography presentation Saturday, Aug. 25 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the Greater Vernon Museum & Archives.

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This is Stokes’ second lecture on Canadian war photography, this time focusing on the activities of the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit during the Second World War.

“She will explain how war photography had progressed since the First World War and will discuss the rise of photojournalism in the 1930s before she shares stories and images from Italy, the Dieppe Raid, the Normandy Invasion and the troops’ movement inland to secure victory in 1945,” said Denise Marsh, marketing and communications co-ordinator at the Museum. “This talk will also introduce early female photojournalists and the widespread nature of Second World War photographs, even in the unlikeliest of publications.”

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Stokes has a Masters of History from Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as a Masters of Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University. Carla-Jean won the 2015 Photographic Historical Society of Canada thesis prize for her paper, “British Official First World War Photographs, 1916-1918 Arranging and Contextualizing a Collection of Prints at the Art Gallery of Ontario,” (later published in Photographic Canadiana). She has also written blogs and articles for the Laurier Centre for Strategic and Disarmament Studies, and Espirit de Corps magazine. Her special collector’s edition, “War Photos,” was published by Legion Magazine in May 2016. She works as Curator and Collections Manager of the Historic O’Keefe Ranch, in Vernon.

Pre-registration for the presentation is required as space is limited. Contact the Museum at 250-542-3142, visit www.vernonmuseum.ca. The cost of the event is $5/person at the door.

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