Memories of World War II: Photographs from the Archives of the Associated Press

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Saturday, October 19, 2013



Capital University’s Schumacher Gallery is proud to present Memories of World War II: Photographs from the Archives of the Associated Press, scheduled to open October 28 and run through December 6.  

News-Schumacher-WWII-252-2The Associated Press exhibition is a spectrum of 126 photographs from all theaters of the war and the home front, ranging from AP photographer Joe Rosenthal’s classic Iwo Jima flag rising in 1945 to scores of pictures not seen in decades. 


The exhibition will celebrate its public reception from 5-7:30 pm on Friday, November 1. The Schumacher Gallery is located on the top floor of the Blackmore Library on the University's Bexley campus, 1 College and Main.


“As far as we know, all of the pictures were transmitted at some time on AP wires, but some probably have not been touched since the war,” said Charles Zoeller, curator of the exhibit and an accompanying book, and chief of AP’s vast photo library.  

In the exhibition, familiar scenes of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, along with British and American troops hitting Normandy beaches on D-Day and marching through newly liberated Paris, are juxtaposed with hidden surprises sure to evoke strong memories among Americans.

Among other photographs are:News-Schumacher-WWII-200   

  • Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini at the peak of fascist power 
  • Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Sir Winston Churchill in unmistakable silhouette 
  • Actor James Stewart being inducted into the military 
  • Nazi Schutz-Staffel (SS) troops herding defiant Jews after the Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943 
  • Russian women laying flowers at the feet of four dead soldiers who helped liberate them from a slave labor camp 
  • U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and Churchill sitting for a group portrait at Tehran 
  • King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England clambering through London bomb rubble 
  • American General Douglas MacArthur wading ashore in the Philippines. 

Despite censorship that delayed the release of pictures and restricted caption information, the wartime cameras recorded dramatic close-ups of power and pathos, the leaders and the lost.

NEws-Schumacher-WWII-252-4The photos are “personal history relived” for those who fought the war and millions more for whom it was “part of their lives,” former U.S. Senator Bob Dole wrote. “For many millions more, the postwar generations, who know the war only as distant history, these images will serve as the record of a shared and shaping era in our nation’s history.”

Many photos credit AP staff photographers by name; others came from anonymous Army or Navy photographers. Some were killed in combat; others went on to postwar prominence in their craft. “You had the same fears as the GIs, but you had to think about the picture,” said Max Desfor, retired AP photojournalist. Desfor covered the battle of Okinawa and Japan’s surrender abroad the battleship USS Missouri and went on to win a Pulitzer Prize in Korea. “My camera was my shield, and I didn’t even think about the idea that a bullet might hit me.”

Founded in 1848, the AP is the world’s oldest and largest newsgathering organization, serving some 15,000 media outlets in more than 120 countries.

The Schumacher Gallery's permanent collections comprise 16th through 19th century, Asian, modern, contemporary, ethnic, graphs, Inuit and Ohio artists works, offering a wonderfully diverse selection of more than 2,500 works for study and enjoyment. These collections encompass 2,000 years of cultural history. Since the Gallery's inception in 1964, hundreds of donors have provided objects of art, funds and services to create this important cultural legacy.

Located in the Columbus, Ohio, neighborhood of Bexley, Capital University is a private, four-year undergraduate institution and graduate school. Capital prepares students for meaningful lives and purposeful careers through a relevant liberal arts core curriculum and deep professional programs. Influenced by its Lutheran heritage, Capital places great emphasis on the free and open exchange of ideas, seeking out diverse perspectives, active participation in society, leadership and service. With a focus on rigor and experiential learning, the University capitalizes on its size, location, and heritage to develop the whole person, both inside and outside the classroom.


Courtesy of the Associated Press
Tour Development by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, Kansas City, Mo.


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