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This book is an A5 size soft cover book of 170 Black and White photographs of Cyprus taken by a young National Service soldier as he saw life in a strange country, before the EOKA terrorist campaign started to get the British out of Cyprus and the ENOSIS campaign to unite Cyprus with Greece. It is an important historical photographic record of Cyprus 63 years ago, when the Island and its people were united.
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I joined the Army in 1953, the Royal Signals and I was sent to Famagusta in Cyprus. At that time Britain ruled Cyprus. On April 1st 1955, EOKA, the terrorist group started their campaign to get the British out of Cyprus and gain independence, and also a stepping up of the Campaign to unite Cyprus with Greece, known as ENOSIS.. Luckily for me, the Island was peaceful up till then and I went around freely taking photos of the Cypriot People and the Cypriot Way of Life. When I returned to the UK after my National Service, I put the negatives (not digital then!) and prints away. Years later, when Cyprus was more in the news, I got them all out and produced a book of black and white photos. These photos are a unique modern historical record of a now divided Island when it was at peace and the Cypriots all got along together. A lot of the photos were taken in the now shut off Military Zone of (Famagusta) now known as Varosha or Maras.
In my later book I have tried to go back to the original places where I photographed and take the photos again to show any differences, if there are any. I hope you find it interesting.
The Author, Richard Chamberlain, joined the Royal Signals with his twin brother, Michael, under the governments National Service scheme in 1953. I, Richard was sent to Cyprus, and my brother was sent to Egypt. Shortly after, my brother was transferred to Cyprus because the authorities thought that Twins should not be separated! My elder brother, John had taught me a little about photography before I went in the army, so I bought a French camera called a Gallus Derlux 127 film camera before I went in the army. This camera was the best thing that happened to me, because when I arrived in Cyprus, everything was so different for me in contrast to Ilford in the UK where I lived. So I set about photographing almost everything I saw. At the tender age of 18 years I did not realise the importance or significance of taking all those photos. They have turned out to be an important historical record of the Cypriot Way of Life 63 years later. I hope you find them of interest and enjoy them.
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Book Description Collective Colour, UK, 2010. Soft cover. Condition: Near Fine. UK 2010 softcover edition in near fine condition. Minimal wear, no inscriptions. Seller Inventory # 003209