Fallen German Soldier near Belfort, France, in World War II

Constance Stuart Larrabee

(Camborne, England, 1914 - 2000, Chestertown, Maryland)

1944 (printed later)

Gelatin silver print

15 1/2 in. x 25 in. (39.37 cm x 63.5 cm)

Gift of the artist


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Although Larrabee was born in England, her family moved to South Africa shortly after her birth. Known for her portraits, documentary photography and photojournalism, she studied photography in England and Germany before returning to South Africa to open a studio in Pretoria in 1936. She became South Africa's first woman war correspondent and photographed in Egypt, Italy, France and England in 1944-45. This image from the French front demonstrates Larrabee's talent at framing the horror of war in a way that can still shock an image-saturated public today.

World War II