The Serbian Retreat
Tchernoff (1887‒1929) was a Russian photographer and cameraman who worked for
the French film company Gaumont, and became famous for his photographs of the
Russo-Japanese War (1904‒5). He was sent to the Balkans during the First World
War by the Russian film producer Drankov, and worked mainly in Serbia.
Tchernoff recorded the retreat of the Serbian Army after its defeat by the
Central Powers. Serbia was the country with the highest losses per head of
population in Europe, and the mass withdrawal of the army through Albania to
Corfu greatly increased the number of victims.
recorded the epic ordeal of the long march, whilst at the same time capturing
the existential suffering, with images of men wandering alone or dying in the
streets of hunger and exhaustion. The captions are by Tchernoff himself.