Josiah Barnes: Embarkation of HMAT Ajana, Melbourne

Josiah Barnes captures a cinematic scene of soldiers departing from Australia to fight in World War I. Barnes made his living photographing departing troopships and selling the pictures to family members and newspapers. He positioned himself close enough to ensure that the men’s faces would be clearly and easily identified. He also displayed these images in the window of his shop and circulated them as postcards and prints.