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Bell, Ken.

Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1988. 256pp, cloth, $39.95, ISBN 0-8020-3990-1. CIP

Grades 9 and up
Reviewed by R. Wieler

Volume 17 Number 1
1989 January

Many pictorial accounts of events in World War II are available, but this oversized book featuring 340 wartime photographs is unusual. Ken Bell, one of Canada's foremost photographers, has added 225 colour photographs of the same scenes and many of the same people today. The result reveals the dramatic contrast between the devastation in Europe during World War II and the beauty and serenity of scenes as they now appear.

Bell was a Canadian photographer during the Second World War and over the past twenty years he has travelled widely in Europe, revisiting many of the scenes of battle in which Canadian troops participated in France, Belgium, Holland, Italy and Germany. He has added the work of many other photographers and has vividly juxtaposed the black-and-white 1940s pictures with scenes in Europe as they now appear. The modern images demonstrate the resilience of the human spirit as well as reveal the horror of war.

Students in Canadian studies, Canadian history, and journalism courses will find the book useful. It is a valuable historical document as well as a tribute to the photographer's art.

R. Wieler, Glenlawn Collegiate, Winnipeg, Man.
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