The Man Who Shot the Great War
Irish rifleman George Hackney was an amateur photographer before he left Belfast in 1915 to fight in World War I. Naturally, he took his camera with him. Unofficial photography was strictly prohibited; the result is a collection of extraordinary candid photographs that tell the story of life in the trenches and death on the battlefield. When he died in 1977, Hackney’s collection of 300 photographs was bequeathed to the Ulster Museum, where they lay out of sight until 2012 when a curator showed them to filmmaker Brian Henry Martin — who directed this poignant documentary.