Day: March 18, 2020

The evolution of war photography
Front Lines

The evolution of war photography

In an age when technology limited most photography to static studio poses and bland, if not severe, countenances, Canadian army photographer William Rider-Rider elevated the art to a higher level under the most trying of circumstances. Armed with a bulky 4x5 box camera, the lieutenant from London, England, captured striking images of Canadian soldiers in the trenches and among the ruins of First World War Europe. The locales, the faces and the circumstances humanize the history behind the photographs, bringing it to life as few did. A press photographer who joined the Daily Mirror in 1910, Rider-Rider took the torch passed to him by Crimean War photographer Richard Fenton and the U.S. Civil War’s Mathew Brady before him, and carried it forward to a new generation that would emerge du...
Canadian leads coalition against Gadhafi
Military Milestones

Canadian leads coalition against Gadhafi

Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi responded harshly to opponents and citizens as the demonstrations of the Arab Spring devolved toward civil war in 2011. He vowed to eradicate them house by house. To protect civilians, the United Nations called for a ceasefire and imposed a no-fly zone and 19 countries, led by NATO, intervened against Libyan military attacks and conducted a naval blockade. The whole coalition effort—more than 20 warships and nearly 200 warplanes—was commanded by RCAF Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard. Canada’s response, Operation Mobile, involved all three arms of the service and resources and personnel from across the country, including 200 personnel, aircrews, ground technicians and members of the Joint Task Force (JTF-2) from Special Operations Forces Command....