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MASKED FEAR

Masked Fear: The Psychology of Gas Warfare 1918-1941 is the first book to document the visual expression of the fear of gas warfare in the 1930s. During WWI, the devastating and horrific effects of toxic gases were exposed. To ensure the safety of citizens against future attacks, governments in developed countries, especially those in Europe, were gripped by an overwhelming need to protect their citizens from the most dreaded weapon of mass destruction – poison gas. Essential to protection was the gas mask and all citizens were issued one. 

The photographs in Masked Fear portray this fascinating and frightening time in twentieth century history. Period press photographs visually tell the tale of a world consumed by apprehension, anxiety and fear of poison gas.

 

 MASKED FEAR the specs

To create the highest quality publication, the 10.5 inch by 8.5 inch books will be printed using four-color offset printing on 100 pound matte paper and will contain over 250 photographs. We are working on three versions of the book: a softcover, a cloth-wrapped stamped hardcover and a special metal-cased collector's edition.

MASKED FEAR PRELIMINARY DESIGNS
MASKED FEAR PRELIMINARY DESIGNS

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THE BURNS ARCHIVE

From the birth of photography through the modern age, The Burns Archive houses the largest private collection of historic photographs. It was founded in 1977 by internationally acclaimed author, curator, historian, collector, archivist and television/film consultant Stanley B. Burns, MD. With over one million historic photographs, the Archive is well-known for providing photographic evidence of forgotten, unseen and disquieting aspects of history. Over the past forty years, thousands of publishers, curators, authors, researchers, artists and filmmakers have utilized this unique source of visual documentation. The cornerstone of The Burns Archive is its unparalleled collection of early medical photography, but it is also renowned for its iconic images depicting the darker side of life: death, disease, crime, racism, revolution, and war. The Archive has produced dozens of books and has curated and contributed to thousands of international museum and gallery exhibitions. The Burns Archive actively acquires, donates, researches, lectures, exhibits, consults, and shares its rare and unusual photographs and expertise worldwide. 

THE AUTHORS

STANLEY B. BURNS, MD, FACS, ophthalmologist and Research Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry and Professor of Medical Humanities, New York University: Langone Medical Center, is an internationally distinguished author, curator, historian, collector, archivist, and educator. In 1975, he began collecting historic photography with an emphasis on unique photographs not available anywhere else. Dr. Burns’s collection of over one million vintage photographs (1840-1950) has been generally recognized as the most important private comprehensive collection of early photography. In 1977, he founded The Burns Archive to share his discoveries. Dr. Burns has written over 47 photo-historical books and over one thousand journal articles, and has curated more than one hundred exhibitions. He consults on feature films, documentaries, and television series. He is the Medical, Historical and Technical Advisor to the HBO/Cinemax series THE KNICK, directed by Steven Soderbergh, about a New York City hospital in the year 1900, as well as the PBS Civil War series MERCY STREET. When not collecting, Dr. Burns spends his time traveling, consulting, lecturing, creating exhibits, and writing books on under-appreciated areas of history and photography.

ELIZABETH A. BURNS is the Creative and Operations Director of The Burns Archive. She has co-authored many books and articles with her father and founder of the Burns Archive & Collection, Stanley B. Burns, MD, including Sleeping Beauty II: Grief, Bereavement & The Family in Memorial Photography, Geisha: A Photographic History, 1872-1913, The Burns Archive Medical Specialties Series, Stiffs, Skulls & Skeletons: Medical Photography and Symbolism, Mensur & Schmiss: German Dueling Societies and Setting Sun: Painted Photographs of Meiji Japan. In 2002, under a grant by the United States and Israeli governments, she produced A Dream Deferred, The African American Experience 1848-1928, the inaugural exhibition at the Center for the Study of the United States in Haifa, Israel. Other exhibits she has prepared feature works on memorial photography, early flight, spirit photography, criminology, Japanese hand-painted photography, Lewis Hine and the playground, medical photography, African American history, and the SS Ben Hecht. She served as medical photo-historic consultant on the HBO/Cinemax series THE KNICK and PBS’ MERCY STREET. Liz actively promotes photography and history through publications, exhibitions and events.

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MASKED FEAR is essentially complete; the photographs have been scanned, the text is almost final and the book has been designed. It's pretty much a matter of printing and distributing it. While there are always challenges involved in any publishing project, The Burns Archive staff has overseen the production and publication of a large number of book projects and have a good understanding of the processes involved.

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