Photographer Hanson A. Williams, Jr. was drafted into service for the Korean War in 1950, shortly after graduating from Pepperdine College in Los Angeles. This collection comprising nearly 2,400 of his photographs provides an intimate, rarely seen, and visually stunning vision of the Korean War. Images document basic training in California, the cramped journey by ship to Japan and Korea, and the full spectrum of the soldier’s experience during the protracted stalemate of 1952. Williams also took his camera into the villages of South Korea, documenting Korean culture and the resilience of a people devastated by war. Images are scanned from negatives, when available, and a number of images are represented by both the negative and a representative print to demonstrate Williams’ work in the darkroom. All images derive from the Hanson A. Williams, Jr. Collection of Photographs and Negatives, which was generously donated to Pepperdine University by his widow, Talma (Tommie) Williams.
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