Arts preview: “Memories of World War II: Photographs from the Archive of the Associated Press”

By Columbus Alive
From the October 31, 2013 edition

Sourced from thousands of newspapers throughout the world and featuring 126 photos from all theaters of World War II, this represents a comprehensive visual assembly of the years that defined a century. Some images are well-known — Joe Rosenthal’s classic “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima,” “V-J Day in Times Square” by Alfred Eisenstaedt (pictured) — while others are rarely, if ever, seen. Many photos credit AP staff members; others came from anonymous Army or Navy photographers.

The exhibit displays both the triumph of freedom, but also some of the more frightening examples of human nature. For every image like Rosenthal or Eisenstaedt’s, there are also pictures from the ghettos of Warsaw, the attack on Pearl Harbor, or Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini at the height of their fascist power. For as harrowing as some may be, they’re also must see.