The Bizarre Phenomenon of Mass Photography

Mole & Thomas: Machine Gun Insignia –Machine Gun Training Center, December 1918

22,500 people and 600 machine guns, Camp Hancock, Augusta, Georgia – pictured above. Because there’s nothing more American than tens of thousands of people posing with guns.

In the early twentieth century, photographers fell in love with “mass photographs,” or pictures where thousands of people create one unified image. Often, at this time in history, the themes were patriotic and the participants were soldiers. Here are a couple of the most astounding.

Mayhart Studio: Chicago Living Flag, 1917

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