A book of portraits offering an extraordinary, evocative snapshot of New Zealanders facing the First World War.
Berry Boys: Portraits of World War One Soldiers and Families. By Michael Fitzgerald and Claire Regnault. Te Papa Press, August 2014. $54.99
These evocative portraits were uncovered in the 1990s. This book is the result of a nationwide search to discover the soldiers’ identities and stories.
Berry and Co was a Wellington photographic studio in the early 20th century. In the 1990s, a member of the public discovered around 3,000 plate glass negatives in a cupboard. Among them were 130 showing First World War serviceman, sometimes posing with family and friends.
But who were they? And what happened to them? In 2013, TVNZ’s Sunday programme spread the word, and a remarkable public response helped identify many of the soldiers and bring their stories to light.
The First World War had a huge impact on New Zealanders. These portraits and the stories behind them offer an engrossing window on to that momentous time.
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $54.99
Illustrations: 130 black and white and colour images
Format: 240 mm x 200 mm