A series of images were made using a toy camera that leaks light to retrace the route of a nineteen year-old infantryman during the Normandy campaign of 1944. All that remains of John Gaffney is his unusual metal-faced watch, that recorded the time during his first two weeks in a foreign land and the last fortnight of his life.
This project was first shown at the Tabla Rasa Gallery in New York, close to Brooklyn Army Barracks, where many GIs left for Europe during World War Two.Visitors to the gallery from Manhattan were encouraged to use the ferry route, to engage in the act of journeying by boat, an idea that was continued for the first UK showing at a public art space, the Customs House, which lies at the mouth of the River Tyne.
Name, Rank & Serial Number gained an Honorable Mention at the Lucies / International Photography Awards in Los Angeles, in 2006.
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