At the Peace Archive, when we process the material we have borrowed from veterans, we often find pictures like the ones we are showing here. Explicit poses of the more arranged kind. Whom are they directed at? The veteran himself, or somebody at home? Or maybe, the comrades in the same mission?

“Never let the person you are photographing incline his head forward, toward the camera. It is a cute, feminine pose, and even the most interesting man in the world will lose his proof of masculinity if he poses in that manner.” Lucian Badea, photographer