JF Ptak Science Books Quick Post
I was struck by what I hoped at first was a smudge in the center of this photograph, though I knew better. The smudge was a man, a soldier in a gas mask, nearly completely enveloped in gas. This is a pixellated view of that lone man in the smoke, derived from a half-tone image, giving the soldier a crystalline-like half-gone vision:
This is a detail from the full image, which shows a bombardment and gas attack on a "defensive" position. This was published in the unblinking photographic history of the war by Hermann Rex, Der Weltkrieg in Seiner Rauhen Wirklichtkeit, printed by Herman Rutz in Oberammergau in 1926.
I've conducted a number of other such images elsewhere on this blog (mostly in the WWI Photography category), such as the "Runnung Man, 1918" post, below: