A retrospective of World War II in large-size photo stories. 900 photos in all, over 20 chapters, telling many of the countless millions of stories from the biggest conflict and biggest story of the 20th century.
When I recently moved from the Boston Globe's Big Picture to the Atlantic's In Focus
, one of the things I wanted to tackle was larger, serial stories, and I dove right in with a historical one, World War II, as my first project. I started planning it back in May, published the first weekly installment in June, and just posted the last one on Sunday, four months later. I looked over more than 25,000 photos, selected 2,500 for first drafts, and edited down to 900 total - 45 per chapter.
I thought I knew quite a bit about WWII before I started... but have to say that I learned an unbelievable amount during this process, and have now seen images of so many things I had never even heard of, let alone seen evidence of before. There are so many parts of the conflict that are hard to get one's head around.
I hoped to tell the stories, some that have been retold countless times before, in this newish format (big images, narrative, all one web page), and try to give some fresh impact to a brutally sad, but important, part of our shared history. I'm really happy with the outcome, and hope others enjoy it, and can learn from it, as well, especially now that it's complete.