Chloe Dewe Mathews photographs the locations where WW1 soldiers accused of cowardice and desertion were executed



Photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews spent over a year researching and capturing the various locations across Northern Europe where WW1 Soldiers accused of desertion and cowardice were executed.

For the series Shot at Dawn each photograph was taken during the same season and at the time as the original execution took place, usually at dawn before the warfare continued for the rest of the day .  A selection of images from the series are on display in the Conflict, Time, Photography exhibition at Tate Modern. Each photograph shows the landscape as it is now while also ‘stamping the presence’ of the soldier back into the original scene.  She says their ‘absence makes them glaringly present’.

Conflict, Time, Photography is at Tate Modern until 15 March, 2015.