Exhibit at the Majestic Theater Captures Soldier’s View of Italy during World War II

Albert Chance (Photo courtesy of Musselman Library GettDigital Collection)

One of Albert Chance’s World War II photographs from Italy, 18 of which are now on display in the Majestic Theater (Photo courtesy of Musselman Library GettDigital Collection)

A new exhibit at Gettysburg’s Majestic Theater, World War II Photographs of Italy from the Albert Chance Collection, features 18 black and white photographs taken by Albert Chance, a U.S. Army soldier and talented amateur photographer, during his time in Europe from February 1944 to July 1945.  These are just a sampling from the more than 400 prints given to Gettysburg College by his family.

Chance shot 51 rolls of film from during his time in both North Africa and Italy.  According to his grand-niece Barbara Chance Hall, his work “presents a picture of the European theater from the perspective of a common soldier. The photos depict Sherman tanks, camp life and bomb devastation. Village children at the water tap and tourist sites such as the Leaning Tower at Pisa are captured with his photographer’s eye for interest and composition.”

The collection, which is housed in Special Collections & College Archives, can also be seen online here. It also includes personal documents, correspondence, and other items from Chance’s WWII experiences.

This free exhibit will be up in the Majestic lobby area through the end of November.

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Author: Gettysburgian Staff

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