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A powerful visual display of the genius of Australian war photographers Damien Parer and George Silk in the jungles of New Guinea. A Hymn of Heroes in pictures.' Harry Gordon, The Age It is a book to reflect upon, to meditate over, because it tells us so much about life and humanity and Australia.' Michael McKernan, AustralianA picture says a thousand words. In 200 Shots, Neil McDonald and Peter Brune bring some of Australia's most gripping war photography to life. Through a wealth of research and published material the authors highlight the work of two great war photographers Damien Parer and George Silk, and present an unrivalled and riveting analysis of the action in the shots, the photographers' reactions to their subjects, and the very nature of the fighting in what was one of the Australian soldier's greatest tests. Dramatic oral history of participant's experiences and notes and diary entries of the photographers' own impressions accompany the photographs. 200 Shots provides a comprehensive photographic coverage of Australia's involvement in New Guinea during World War Two and puts a new perspective on its famous battles. ion, the first exhibition of Parer's war photography. As part of the research for this book he interviewed George Silk in the USA in 1996. Peter Brune has written extensively on the Papuan Campaigns-the bestselling Those Ragged Bloody Heroes (Allen + Unwin 1991), Gona's Gone! (Allen + Unwin 1994), The Spell Broken (Allen + Unwin 1997), We Band of Brothers (Allen + Unwin 2000) and the recent bestseller A Bastard of a Place (Allen + Unwin 2003).Cover design: Zoe SadokierskiCover image: Australian War Memorial Negative Number 127971
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Table of Contents

Captions, sources, acknowledgments Foreword Abbreviations 1 The photographers 2 . . . disloyal to the Department' 3 Like a roll call on Anzac 4 The tide turns 5 I must get this ' 6 Up for treason 7 A bastard of a place 8 All but you have surrendered' 9 The photographer and the artist Epilogue

About the Author

NEIL MCDONALD is the author of the widely acclaimed biography War Cameraman: The Story of Damien Parer and is the curator of Still Action, the first exhibition of Parer's war photography. PETER BRUNE is a leading authority and writer on the Australian campaigns in New Guinea in World War II. He is the author of Those Ragged Bloody Heroes, Gona's Gone, The Spell Broken, We Band of Brothers and the best-selling A Bastard of a Place.

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