Monumental color portraits of World War II service members

c. 1943

A woman in the Auxiliary Territorial Services (ATS) at an anti-aircraft emplacement in Britain.

Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Color photography was not exactly a new invention at the dawn of World War II, but it was still a relatively niche, complicated process. In the 1940s, the premier color film was Kodachrome, which Kodak developed in the United States.

On account of international shipping hazards during wartime, Kodachrome was in extremely short supply in Britain. That...

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