Faces of Salonika : the photographers

This is the first of, what I hope, will be a long-running series of posts presenting images of those who took part in or witnessed the Salonika Campaign from 1915-1918.

Given the interests of SCS members I suspect personnel of the BSF will predominate, although I hope to include examples from all combatant nations as well as the civilians who found themselves in the midst of a war. There will be named individuals although, inevitably, most will be anonymous. As someone who treasures the photographs of long departed family members, it saddens me to see photographs no longer in the possession of ‘their’ family, although I’m happy enough to buy them! Posting them here will ensure that these individuals – even if unnamed – will have a moment of remembrance in these centenary years. If you would like to contribute an image, please contact me.

It seems appropriate to start the series with an image of some photographers in Salonika as, without them, we wouldn’t have so many pictures of the faces of Salonika.

A postcard from 1915-1918 showing local photographers in Salonika, snapping members of the allied forces in the city. Thanks to these photographers - some of the thousands of small traders who saw the troops as a great business opportunity - there are many images of members of the BSF and its allies in circulation and available to buy, although most are anonymous. This postcard is from the collection of Martin and Kate Wills and is reproduced with thanks to them.
A postcard from 1915-1918 showing local photographers in Salonika, snapping members of the allied forces in the city. Thanks to these photographers – some of the thousands of small traders who saw the troops as a great business opportunity – there are many images of members of the BSF and its allies in circulation and available to buy, although most are anonymous. This postcard is from the collection of Martin and Kate Wills and is reproduced with thanks to them.

Author: SCS Web Editor

Robin Braysher joined the SCS in 2003 and soon after became editor of the Society's journal, 'The New Mosquito', a role he held until 2008. He then became the Society's web editor, a role he seems unable to shake off. His interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Fred, who served as a cyclist with the BSF from 1915-1917, mainly in the Struma valley.