The landing at Anzac Cove

This hook presents a photograph and a painting of the landing at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, on 25 April 1915.

Landing at Anzac Cove (Dardanelles) 25 April 1915, photographed by Lyell Egerton

Landing at Anzac Cove (Dardanelles) 25 April 1915, photographed by Lyell Egerton Tatton, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Australian War Memorial, P00196.001. www.awm.gov.au/collection/P06092.001/

Context

The top photograph of Anzac Cove is by Lyell Egerton Tatton, who was part of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Tatton sold many of his photographs as postcards. The photograph shows troops landing at Anzac Cove at around 9 a.m. on April 25, 2015.

Dixon’s painting of the same event shows soldiers leaping out of heavily laden boats, bombarded by explosions in the air and sea as they sprint across the sand. A number of soldiers already lie dead on the beach. Dixon is documenting the event for his audience in a manner that appeals strongly to their emotions and imaginations.

Possible discussion questions

  • How does Dixon’s painting of the landings at Gallipoli on 25th April 2015 differ from the photograph of the event?
  • What emotions do the different images evoke?
  • In what ways is Dixon’s painting a valid retelling of history?
  • What parallels or differences can you see between Dixon’s painting and the way conflict situations are portrayed using modern media?
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