The Historic Dockyard Museum have opened an exhibition of forty photographs of the Falklands war, collected and curated by Graham Bound, who was there during the conflict. Bound chose forty photographs from his collection of photos taken during the war, mainly around Stanley, the Falkland Islands’ capital. The forty photos also mark the forty years since the invasion took place.
Bound had had many of the exhibition photos in his collection for some time without ever putting them on display, but many were in urgent need of restoring. During the first Covid lockdown in the UK, Bound approached Alex Schneiderman, a restorer of photographs, who was able to restore them to the quality as shown in the exhibition.
Bound stresses that these photos are from a Falkland Islander’s perspective, in contrast to the many military photos taken during the war. As such, while some of the photos might have an amateur quality to them, they represent the moment when a small island community suddenly found itself in the middle of a bitter conflict between two larger powers.
The Historic Dockyard Museum aims to hold a number of exhibitions to mark the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War, which began on the 2nd April 1982 and ended months later on the 14th June.