Veterans being put in the picture

Veteran Colin Rutherford (95) is photographed at the Montecillo Veterans' Home and Hospital this...
Veteran Colin Rutherford (95) is photographed at the Montecillo Veterans' Home and Hospital this week. Photo by Linda Robertson.
The faces of those who served during World War 2 are being photographed in an initiative starting in Dunedin today.

Portraits of veterans will be taken by Dunedin photographers Alan Dove and Moira Clark throughout Anzac Day at the Montecillo Veterans' Home and Hospital and Mosgiel RSA.

Both photographers are members of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers, which organised the war portrait project with the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association.

The aim is for all remaining World War 2 veterans to be recognised and honoured for their service.

''Most are in their 90s and they are the generation of men and women who served that are disappearing just through old age.

"We'll present the photographs to the RSA and they will be part of an exhibition for the World War 1 centenary,'' Mr Dove said.

Anzac Day was an opportune time to photograph war veterans as they typically wore full military attire, including medals, at services.

Photographers throughout New Zealand will set up portrait studios alongside Anzac events to capture the veterans present.

Those unable to attend can contact the institute to arrange for their portraits to be taken.

Mr Dove will be at Montecillo today from 10.30am to about 1pm, and Mrs Clark will be at the Mosgiel RSA most of the day.

Other photographers will take portraits in Oamaru and Arrowtown.


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