Dean O’Gorman – Nurses at Ypres

Dean O’Gorman’s photographic exhibition, Passchendaele – The Elusive Familiarity of War, which is running until we close our doors on 2 December, received a new photo to commemorate the 101st anniversary of Passchendaele , ‘New Zeland’s darkest day’.

There is a story behind all of Dean’s photos hanging in our grand foyer. A story of passion and empathy for those who went through the trials and experienced the mud and suffering of Passchendaele.

To create his exhibition, Dean, an actor and photographer, recreated the muddy quagmire of the battlefield on an Auckland farm. As Armistice draws near, with its focus on healing and repatriation,  and to honour the contribution of  women, Dean made nurses at the front the focus of his latest photograph.

The New Zealand Herald have some excellent footage of Dean, giving us a tiny glimpse of what nurses may have done on the battlefield, here.

Dean’s video below shows us how the action may have been for men fighting in the Great War.  For more information about the exhibition, including a link to a documentary of Dean researching his ancestors, click here.

Click here to view Dean’s video. Dean O'Gorman's aet & photographic recreation of nurses at Passchendaele

Ian Wards, Exhibitions Manager, installs Dean’s new photo at The Great War Exhibition

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