American war photographer Ariel Varges (1890‒1972) was a pioneering photojournalist
who travelled the world covering conflicts with still and film cameras.
1916, he was working in Thessaloniki on behalf of the U.S. International Film
Service and was later posted to Mesopotamia as an official British Army
photographer. At that time, Thessaloniki was the centre for the landing of the
Allied forces heading for the Macedonian Front. The troops marching through the
city came not just from Europe, but from all over the world. This was the first
time that the local population had seen Indian, Chinese and African soldiers
from the colonies of the Great Powers.
lens recorded the unusual multiethnic co-existence of everyday life in a city
just a few kilometres from the front.