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From Tripolitania to Salonika, war in the eye of Gaston Chérau (1911-1916)


The writer Gaston Chérau left in November 1911 for Tripoli de Barbarie to “write about” the war between Italy and the Ottoman Empire in Libya for the readers of Le Matin. He took with him a Kodak camera loaned by a friend and revealed himself as a photographer. The historian Pierre Schill has published photographic and written documentation testifying to this singular experience in the book Réveiller l’archive d’une guerre coloniale (Créaphis editions, 2018). He returns in an interview with Dimitris Gkintidis for “Grèce Hebdo ” on the aftermath of Gaston Chérau’s photographic trajectory during the Great War when the writer-photographer...

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