'Wild Eye, the Souvenir King', c 1917.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
Unknown Australian soldier, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1917. The soldier, nicknamed 'Wild Eye', is pictured surrounded by the 'souvenirs' he has collected during the fighting, including various German weapons and personal effects. This photograph is from an album called 'Official Australian War Photographs', produced by the Australian War Records Section which was established by the British government in 1917. The British government in World War One recognised the importance of photographs, both as propaganda and as historical records, and tried to avoid the crude jingoism of the earlier Boer War propaganda