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Intriguing Photos Of German Bourgeoisie Being Overly Correct During WWI

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Intriguing Photos Of German Bourgeoisie Being Overly Correct During WWI

Soldiers lounging in rehab, babies in war nurseries, and children collecting for recycling campaigns – these were regular scenes from the daily contributions of Germany's volunteer citizens during WWI.

Shot by Käthe Buchler, these serenely framed portraits capture a country lead by men and mobilized by war. Yet, even in the throws of battle, Buchler's patriotic characters still appear utterly and overly correct.

She refers to this as "the stubbornness of the bourgeoisie on the home front" which, oddly enough, is often be accompanied by bunnies. Have you noticed how many of Bucher's subjects are interacting with the little animals? It's an odd recurring theme for a war-time series.

And who better to document that streak of bourgeois pride than a bourgeois wife and mother herself?

These proper shots of soldiers taking tea or recovering in bed are striking reminders of how different the times used to be. Women were expected to be quiet and nurturing; men must never drop their all-knowing, tough exteriors. And everyone must put their best foot forward, no matter the circumstances!

Buchler captures all this and more with her subtle black and white portrait work. Her full collection of war-related work is called Beyond the Battlefields and can be viewed as a touring exhibition. See dates and locations for that here.

Via Voices Of War And Peace

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