Woman Photographer- Helen Johns Kirtland

As a woman and photojournalist for the Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly, Helen Johns Kirtland (shown below) was given the rare opportunity to be on the front lines during World War I (1914-1918).

She faced all the hazards- bombs, sniper’s bullets and gas attacks in an effort to convey the war through the visual aid of photography.

In 1981, the Library of Congress received a donation of Helen’s photographs. Two hundred were of the war and its aftermath.