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Military Photos

Since the time of the American Civil war, photographs have helped capture the terror, fear, aftermath, bravery, and brotherhood of wartime. Some of the most popular photos of all time were taken during war. These photos give people at a home a sense of what war is like for troops on the ground. Since war photographs have been around for over a century and a half they have garnered many collectors interested in their historical nature.

These photos are often the only way we can look back on history and see how these wars were fought. Photographs from the American Civil War are incredibly popular, especially among American collectors; however, photos from World War I became more action-oriented due to lower exposure times. These modern photos have captured moments in time that are stunning and cause us to reflect on the sacrifice of the men and women who fought in these faraway places.


Quick Facts

  • A famous photograph taken by Alexander Gardner in Gettysburg entitled “A Sharpshooter’s Last Sleep” was actually staged because Gardner had moved the body and rifle
  • The photograph of the Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima is the most reproduced photograph in history
  • Photographs from World War II in Europe, some taken by resistance units, were commonly used to convict Nazis of war crimes

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PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS (4)
Dec 09, 10:00 AM EST
PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS (4)
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $100- $150
$502 Bids
120 Fotos und Foto-AK UdSSR und zaristisches Rußland - 120 photographs/postcards Soviet Union and Tsarist Russia
Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
120 Fotos und Foto-AK UdSSR und zaristisches Rußland - 120 photographs/postcards Soviet Union and Tsarist Russia
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€501 Bid
c1910 World Travels U.S. Tourist Photograph Album (Europe, Steamers, Villages, Sightseeing)
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
c1910 World Travels U.S. Tourist Photograph Album (Europe, Steamers, Villages, Sightseeing)
by Regency Antique Books
Est: $40- $50
$301 Bid
Biker's Funeral 8x10 Photo: c1940s Motorcycle Club Men in Leather Jackets with Casket
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Biker's Funeral 8x10 Photo: c1940s Motorcycle Club Men in Leather Jackets with Casket
by Regency Antique Books
Est: $60- $80
$401 Bid
WORLD WAR II PHOTOGRAPHS OF GEN. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (3)
Dec 09, 10:00 AM EST
WORLD WAR II PHOTOGRAPHS OF GEN. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (3)
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $140- $200
$801 Bid
ORIGINAL HINDENBURG PHOTOS
Dec 09, 10:00 AM EST
ORIGINAL HINDENBURG PHOTOS
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
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14x World War II Photographs
Dec 07, 5:30 PM CST
14x World War II Photographs
by Hampton's Auction, Collectibles, & Retail, LLC
Est: $50- $150
$101 Bid
115 Atelierfotos Militär und Zivilisten - 115 military and civilian studio photographs
Dec 04, 9:30 AM CET
115 Atelierfotos Militär und Zivilisten - 115 military and civilian studio photographs
by Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
Est: €0- €0
€501 Bid
China: Official Chinese propaganda photographs
Dec 07, 3:00 PM CET
China: Official Chinese propaganda photographs
by Galerie Bassenge
Est: €400- €600
€4001 Bid
CARL MYDANS SIGNED PHOTO GENERAL MACARTHUR
Dec 13, 9:00 AM CST
CARL MYDANS SIGNED PHOTO GENERAL MACARTHUR
by Jackson's International
Est: $750- $1,000
$6501 Bid
Late 19thc Photo, Indian War Sergeant
Dec 17, 2:00 PM EST
Late 19thc Photo, Indian War Sergeant
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $150- $300
$1000 Bids
AN ASSORTMENT OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND OTHER ILLUSTRATIONS OF INDIAN ARMY INTEREST
Dec 07, 11:00 AM GMT
AN ASSORTMENT OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND OTHER ILLUSTRATIONS OF INDIAN ARMY INTEREST
by Olympia Auctions
Est: £40- £60
£200 Bids
Middle East.- Thompson (General Alfred T., compiler) [Mesopotamia Campaign 1914-18], [c.1918].
Dec 01, 10:30 AM GMT
Middle East.- Thompson (General Alfred T., compiler) [Mesopotamia Campaign 1914-18], [c.1918].
by Forum Auctions - UK
Est: £1,200- £1,800
£1,1000 Bids
Mammoth 1880's Yellowstone Maverick Hose Company, Early Fire Fighters Photograph
Dec 04, 3:00 PM PST
Mammoth 1880's Yellowstone Maverick Hose Company, Early Fire Fighters Photograph
by Clark's Auction Company
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$8500 Bids
World War II Sepia Photo Print, General Clark, Italy
Dec 03, 2:00 PM EST
World War II Sepia Photo Print, General Clark, Italy
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
General Douglas McArthur Photo Print
Dec 03, 2:00 PM EST
General Douglas McArthur Photo Print
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
World War II Iwo Jima Landing Photo Print
Dec 03, 2:00 PM EST
World War II Iwo Jima Landing Photo Print
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
World War II P-40 Warhawk Photo Print
Dec 03, 2:00 PM EST
World War II P-40 Warhawk Photo Print
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
World War II Five Star General Dwight Eisenhower
Dec 03, 2:00 PM EST
World War II Five Star General Dwight Eisenhower
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
African American History, Buffalo Soldiers, Photo Print
Dec 03, 2:00 PM EST
African American History, Buffalo Soldiers, Photo Print
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
African American History, Buffalo Soldiers San Antonio
Dec 03, 2:00 PM EST
African American History, Buffalo Soldiers San Antonio
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Military Photos


Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG

Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG

Connoisseur Online

Connoisseur Online

Auktionshaus Wersching

Auktionshaus Wersching

Alexander Historical Auctions LLC

Alexander Historical Auctions LLC