World War I was not the first war to be photographed, but it was the first conflict where soldiers and civilians alike took up their own cameras to make a record of what happened, on and off the battlefield. The results were not always polished, but sometimes they were astonishingly good, and always they provide a much needed contrast to the photographs taken by professional photographers in the service of governments and the press. From the millions of images in the collection of the British Imperial War Museum, Mark Holborn and Hilary Roberts have curated 380 pictures that bring the sprawling conflict into focus as never before.
All images here are excerpted from The Great War: A Photographic Narrative (Alfred. A. Knopf).