MORE than 14,000 World War II veterans are living quiet lives all over Australia and one group is on a mission to find them.
The Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) is setting out on one of the most ambitious photographic projects ever undertaken in Australia – to commemorate the unsung heroes of World War II in print.
Professional photographer Amy Curran from Impressive Web Design & Photography is the official AIPP representative in this area.
Amy said she has met with members of the Oberon RSL Sub Branch and they are helping her organise the photo sessions.
“The project is titled ‘We will remember them’ and professional photographers across the country, accredited by the AIPP, are donating their time and talent in a unique community project,” she said.
“The pictures are to honour our World War II veterans and will provide a compelling pictorial record of returned servicemen and women living in Australia for the Australian War Memorial archives.”
Amy said any profit from the resale of photographs would be donated to Legacy and the RSL Foundation.
“What better time to capture our living heroes than now and commemorate 100 years of the Anzac tradition and the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII,” Amy said.
“Letters and printed photographs meant absolutely everything to them back then, telling the story of their lives in their youth. It’s only fitting to contrast this with their senior years in the same way, in a timeless gift to them, their families and the nation.”
WWII veterans are encouraged to register at www.aippveterans.com/veterans
Each veteran will receive a complimentary Kodak printed portrait in a presentation folder to commemorate their service.