John C. Cobb Photographic Collection Now Available Online

The John C. Cobb Photographic Collection finding aid is now available on the Web site for the Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs (AFS Archives), located here.  The finding aid includes detailed information about the photographs and negatives contained in the collection, as well as biographical information about John C. "Jock" Cobb II, who was an American Field Service ambulance driver and staff photographer in the Middle East, North Africa, and Italy between 1942 and 1944. 

The collection contains over 100 digitized black and white photographs containing Cobb’s original commentary, all of which are now viewable online.   The majority of the original photographs were taken by Cobb on the two cameras he used during the war, a 35mm Voigtlander with a 50mm Tessar lens and 35 mm fixed-focus Argus automatic flash camera that had a wide-angle lens.  The digital images, which were scanned prior to arriving at the AFS Archives in 2004, are searchable by keyword and contain Cobb’s descriptive commentary.  Cobb’s recent book, Fragments of Peace in a World at War: Photographs, Poetry, and Perspective (Animist Press, 2011) includes some of the photographs and commentary that are present in this online collection. 

To view the digitized photographs in the John C. Cobb Photographic Collection, visit the Web site here.

Photograph: Dr. Cipolla visiting his patients in their "homes."  Lama dei Peligni, below Civitella, Italy.  April 1944.  Photograph by John C. Cobb.  This image cannot be reproduced without permission from the Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs or John C. Cobb.

Posted April 18, 2012 by Nicole Milano