Photojournalist Daniella Zalcman documents a historical hangover.
Daniella Zalcman moved to the UK in 2012 and immediately began looking for a photo project that would get her familiarised with her new home. Her explorations led to finding people who take part in the re-enactment of historical military events.
World War II is still very much a part of Britain’s collective conscience, she says, and the act of re-enactment is deeply personal. Every weekend, thousands of British hobbyists converge in empty fields to dig trenches, erect tents, gas up their tanks, and stage battles from Normandy to North Africa. Many wear uniforms that belonged to their fathers or grandfathers.
Summer weekends are entirely devoted to stepping into the past with this all-consuming hobby. These WW II re-enactors look to commemorate a war that changed world geographies. These hobbyists are Britain’s Sunday soldiers.
In keeping with the historical past, Zalcman has made these photographs with a period twin-lens reflex camera.
Daniella Zalcman is an award winning photojournalist based in London and New York. She graduated from Columbia University in 2009 with a degree in architecture. Her work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TIME among others. She is a multiple grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Her photographs have been exhibited throughout the US and Europe and are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Sunday Soldiers is part of the exhibitions line-up at this edition of the Delhi Photo Festival opening on October 30 at the IGNCA, Delhi.