The transept vault of the Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp
As part of the commemorations to mark the First World War, the Institut Royal du Patrimoine Artistique (IRPA - Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage) has launched the scientific project "Artistic Heritage during the Great War: weapon or means of resistance?"
Its goal is to promote our photographic collections by displaying shots taken shortly before or during the Great War. As well as a scientific component, where these collections are studied by a team of experts and the negatives are digitised in high resolution, a "general public" component has been created to make as many people as possible aware of this remarkable IRPA collection: the German photo prints.
To take this astonishing shot, the photographer turned over the photographic chamber using an articulated device bolted between the tripod and the camera. The vault is in perfect focus: the fiducial marks (here, a simple dot in the centre of each side) allowed the user to check the precise position at the centre of the crossing.
Do you fancy browsing other photos in this collection and immersing yourself in everyday life from 1917-1918? These prints are on display in an open-air exhibition in the Royal Park until 17 September 2017.
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