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Chloe Dewe Mathews

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Image credit: © Guardian News and Media Limited 2014

Award-winning photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews presented a series of images of the locations at which British, French and Belgian troops were executed for cowardice and desertion during the First World War.

Dewe Mathews’ photographs are taken as close as possible to the precise time when the executions took place, which was usually at daybreak. Drawing on meticulous research, she has been able to locate the exact sites at which scores of soldiers, found guilty of breaching military discipline, were executed by firing squads.

The photographs were published in book form by Ivorypress on 14 July 2014, before embarking on a two-year international exhibition tour to Edinburgh, London, Essen, Dresden, Dublin and Madrid.

Chloe Dewe Mathews is a British photographer whose photo series Caspian won the British Journal of Photography at the International Photography Award in 2011. She has exhibited internationally and her work has appeared in the Guardian, Times and Independent newspapers. She is a recipient of the prestigious Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography, awarded by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University.


Commissioned by the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford. Sponsored by Genesis Imaging and supported by the British Council, Government of Flanders, John Fell OUP Research Fund and the Van Houten Fund.

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