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The Last Veterans of World War II: Portraits and Memories

The Last Veterans of World War II: Portraits and Memories

Richard Bell

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Chronicling the many faces of the WWII effort, these contemporary black-and-white portraits of the longest surviving veterans remind us that the war comprised a collection of Americans from all walks of life. Their penetrating gaze captures the ethos of the endeavor of war. Intimate memories offer glimpses into the horrifying, and at times awe-inspiring, reality of war. The faces of these veterans, from all branches, are juxtaposed with images of their youthful selves and serve as a visual representation of the expanse of their life experiences. Appealing to the families of soldiers, academics, history buffs, and veterans of other wars, this collection is a testament to the spirit of patriotism and strength of a collective American effort.

Size: 9″ x 9″ | 89 b/w photos | 128 pp
ISBN13: 9780764353628 | Binding: hard cover

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A lifelong photojournalist and commercial photographer, Richard Bell started his career at Kent State University with a degree in journalism. After witnessing the shootings at Kent, Richard switched his major from Biology to Journalism.Jobs at two large metropolitan daily papers followed: The St. Petersburg Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer. At the Inquirer Richard moved from Staff Photojournalist to Photo Editor where he was awarded the ‘Newspaper photo editor of the year’ award from ’Pictures of the year’ competition (POY). Leaving the newspaper business Richard started his own commercial photography business, ‘The Bing Group’, which produced print advertising for business uses. Concurrently he was a Senior Lecturer at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, teaching documentary photography. Richard is currently working on fine art, book projects and documentary projects from his studio at the SoHA Arts Building in Haddon Township, NJ.