Soldier Rendered Half Face

Portrait in stone.

What at first appears to be a vandalized carving is actually a purposely rendered half face. Still powerfully symbolic for the French today, the half face represents not only the physical scars so many soldiers were left with, but also the psychological scars of the war on French society in the post-war period.

Over a period of several years photographer Jeff Gusky made numerous excursions into a forgotten world of underground WWI soldiers' living spaces and documented the stone carvings of the soldiers with high-end art photography.