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Dean O’Gorman’s Nurses Featured in Media

Our previous blog post featured the work of Dean O’Gorman, a New Zealand actor and photographer, whose photographic exhibition Passchendaele — The Elusive Familiarity of War is currently at The Great War Exhibition.

Dean feels very passionately about the First World War and went to great lengths to add a new photo to the current exhibition — a photo that would demonstrate the contribution of women to the First World War, and in particular at Ypres near Passchendaele.

Dean went to great lengths to create his new photo, which depicts women nursing wounded soldiers. He dug up  an Auckland farm to recreate the conditions that our troops may have experienced. The media covered Dean’s photo shoot in the New Zealand Herald online and also in the Cook Strait News, below.

 

Dean O'Gorman Great War Exhibition

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