Faces from the Past #1
Senegalese soldiers in North France, 1917
I came across this image amidst a host of colour photographs taken by pioneering shutterbug Jean Baptiste Tournassoud, an official photographer for the French army working with equipment and techniques developed by Les Freres Lumieres. This photo naturally stood out, perhaps by the incongruous thought of African soldiers fighting in Europe during the Great War (soldiers were recruited from many, if not all, French colonies, including Algeria and even South East Asia) and by the modern look of these men, unhindered by period hairstyles or facial hair, this photo could have been taken yesterday.
More of these photos can be found in this post on The World Armed Forces Forum or with additional commentary at The Heritage of the Great War.
for the series: Faces from the Past