The War Photographer - Ernest Brooks

The roles of journalist, propagandist, and artist are blurred in the man that is photographer Ernest Brooks. His legacy of photographs documents both the reality of the conflict and the humanity behind the lines. As the British military's official photographer, Brooks was charged with rallying support for the war. However, he also captured its harsh realities. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video as an introduction to primary source analysis of World War I photographs
  • Debate the concepts prompted at the end of the video segment, such as human rights in war and the role images play in humanizing or dehumanizing enemies
Classroom Considerations

  • Contains graphic violent photographs, preview before showing the video to the class
  • Video represents one part of a larger Who Did What in WWI? series
Pros

  • Rich images whet scholars' appetite to learn more
  • Closing comments help students consider the larger themes of the war and photojournalism
Cons

  • None
Common Core