Topography Is Fate.
North African Battlefields of WWII.
Photographs by Matthew Arnold.
Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2013. 144 pp., 60 color illustrations, 11¾x9½".
Matthew Arnold spent months in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya to photograph these unfamiliar North African landscapes upon which many crucial battles in the North African Campaign were fought. The sites were found utilizing old battle maps to follow the paths that the Allied military units used, and hadn't been seen and certainly not photographed in over sixty years. Arnold has documented the battlefields as they currently stand in a personal style of landscape photography: impressionistic muted horizons of desert, coastal seascape and grassland, incorporating bunkers, trenches, and physical artifacts of the conflict that remain as part of the environment.