Ravilious: An Artist at War

Eric William Ravilious was a British artist who, although born in London, was well known for his paintings of the Sussex landscape. He was part of a group of artists that lived and worked in Sussex before the war who did not just paint, they used many methods and skills including producing woodcuts. His landscapes […]

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Dunkirk: The Film – A Review

I went to see this film in Sheffield today, with some trepidation. It wasn’t just a case of being a big fan of Christopher Nolan’s films (which I am), it was that this film is important. Why important? Well, it’s simply the biggest, most high profile film about the Second World War in some time. […]

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What Dunkirk Means To Me

Tonight on Channel 4 my latest piece of Television work will be broadcast, Dunkirk: The New Evidence. This will be the fifth time I have revisited Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo for TV, from Dig 1940 to Dan Snow’s Little Ships. The latest programme was partially inspired by the upcoming Dunkirk movie¬† and it is amazing […]

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The Red Army’s Forgotten Photographer

He took the defining photo of the U.S.S.R.’s victory over Nazi Germany, although many of his photographs were heavily doctored or staged for Soviet propaganda purposes. But instead of accolades from communist authorities, Yevgeny Khaldei — born 100 years ago in 1917¬†— struggled to remain employed as anti-Semitism swept through the Soviet Union. Yevgeny Khaldei […]

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