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Tue 24 Jun 2008–Sat 5 Jul 2008, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: The Gus Fisher Gallery, 74 Shortland Street, Auckland CBD

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

An exhibition of compelling photos from the Macalister collection, selected by Dr Sandy Callister from her new book The Face of War: New Zealand's Great War Photography, published by Auckland University Press.

Under the auspices of New Zealand surgeon Sir Harold Gillies, the Queen's Hospital, as it was then known, was purpose built in Sidcup, Britain as the First World War's major centre for plastic surgery.

Gillies used photography to document his cases because it was accurate, fast and permanent.

As a consequence, the Macalister collection holds the records of 295 New Zealand soldiers who underwent reconstructive plastic surgery for facial injuries incurred on the Western Front.

These images represent a crucial punctuation point in the iconography of this war; one which brings us eyeball-to-eyeball with the wounded.

The resurfacing of this hitherto unknown New Zealand medical archive, whose own survival has been precarious, allows us to see what has been hidden from this country's war memory.

Restaurants to book near The Hidden Faces of War: NZ's Great War Medical Photography