news | Tuesday March 2, 2010

Prior to Robert Capa’s Falling Soldier was Louis Riel's North-west Rebellion

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On Friday, April 24, 1885, Captain James Peters took the world’s first battlefield photographs under fire at the battle of Fish Creek in the Canadian Northwest Territory of Saskatchewan. As Captain of the Royal Canadian Artillery’s “A” Battery—part of the North West Field Force—he subsequently managed to expose over seventy glass plates for the duration of the battles at Duck Lake and Batoche as well, many of them again during combat with the enemy, both on the ground and on horseback.

Circumstances Alter Photographs: Captain James Peters’ Reports from the War of 1885 by Michael Barnholden has been selected as the Globe and Mail Illustrated book of the week. Read the review.

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