Mass Human Formations

Mass Human Formations

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Arthur Mole's Living Formations
Almost a century ago and without the aid of any pixel-generating
computer software, the itinerant photographer Arthur Mole (1889-1983)
used his 11 x 14-inch view camera to stage a series of extraordinary
mass photographic spectacles that choreographed living bodies into
symbolic formations of religious and national community. In these
mass ornaments, thousands of military troops and other groups were
arranged artfully to form American patriotic symbols, emblems,
and military insignia visible from a bird's eye perspective.
During World War I, these military formations came to serve as
rallying points to support
American involvement in the war and to ward off isolationist

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