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Northwest Campaign
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Pictorial Works

The 1885 Campaign was fought in a time of transition from the pen-and-ink sketch and watercolour school of visual reporting of military events, with all its attendant bias and glorification of war, to the photographic report with more subtle but equally strong biases. The illustrated war news represents the older approach. Peter Robertson, in Relentless verity, and with Owen Cooke in "James Peters, military photography and the Northwest Campaign, 1885," has selected some of the best of Captain James Peters' photographs. In the 1885 Campaign, Peters was probably the first photographer in the world to record men in action under fire and demonstrate the rapidly evolving new conditions of warfare. J.A. Foster's Muskets to missiles provides examples of each approach, but the captions are unimaginative and sometimes erroneous.

Cooke, Owen ; Robertson, Peter. - "James Peters, military photography and the Northwest Campaign, 1885". - Canadian military history. - Vol. 9, no. 1 (Winter 2000). P. 23-29

Foster, J.A. - Muskets to missiles : a pictorial history of Canada's ground forces. - Toronto : Methuen, 1987. - P. 60-75

The illustrated war news : nos. 1-18 inclusive : containing all the illustrations referring to the North-West Rebellion of 1885, from the outbreak to the return and disbanding of the troops. - Toronto : Grip, 1885. - 152 p.

Robertson, Peter. - Irréductible verité : les photographes militaires canadiens depuis 1885 = Relentless verity : Canadian military photographers since 1885. - Québec, Québec : Les Presses de l'Université Laval ; Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 1973. - P. 37-48. - (Public Archives of Canada series)


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