Rare insight into WW2 photography before, during and after D-Day in 1944. Seeing these iconic images in colour somehow makes them seem all the more real compared to the usual black and white stills we are so used to seeing…. Absolutely fascinating. With the way we have so many means to take photos in the modern age, these photos have an ‘Instagram’ feel about them which we are now so used to seeing everywhere. Perhaps thats what makes these colour images from 68 years ago seem so fresh.
These photos were taken by LIFE Photographer Frank Scherschel who was a serving soldier at the time. Described as so:
In color photos taken before and after the invasion, LIFE’s Frank Scherschel captured countless other, lesser-known scenes from the run-up to the onslaught and the heady weeks after: American troops training in small English towns; the French countryside, implausibly lush after the spectral landscape of the beachheads; the reception GIs enjoyed en route to the capital; the jubilant liberation of Paris itself. As presented here, in masterfully restored color, Scherschel’s pictures feel at-once profoundly familiar and somehow utterly, vividly new.