Picturing War Before It Went Digital

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In September 1914, the New York Times published a “Mid-Week Pictorial War Extra” as a Wednesday photographic supplement. It continued after the end of World War I and became known simply as the Mid-Week Pictorial. Although considered separate (subscriptions were offered) from its larger counterpart, the Mid-Week Pictorial was famous and popular for the selection, quality and size of the images. However, time marched (in fact, Time/Life to be exact) on and the competition from LIFE magazine resulting in ending the run in 1937.

The pages here from a 1915 edition, printed on sturdy paper stock and printed in rotograveur, show how war and warfare was covered before Instagram, but in as novel a way as citizen “journalism” is today.


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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →