Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace

FEP European Book Prize of the Year Award 2017
Lucie International Photography Awards 2017, Honorable Mention in Book/Monograph and Book/Other

Michael St Maur Sheil
29,5 x 30,5 cm
256 pages 
approx. 150 photos
English, French, Spanish 
Hardcover, bound in linen, 
„French Fold“-jacket
ISBN 978-3-903101-07-4
June 2016

Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace

Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace 14-18 is a photographic odyssey through the lands of the First World War. Travelling from the dust of the Namib deserts to the frozen heights of the Vosges the photographer has created a unique collection of images which document how time and nature have transformed these places of horror and killing into landscapes of great beauty and tranquillity…


Oct 6 - Nov 19 2018, St. James’s Park, London, UK
Oct 7 2017, Cardiff, UK
Sept 5 2017, Belfast, UK
Aug 5 2017, Edinburgh, UK
July 1 2017, Newcastle, UK
May 18 2017, Liverpool, UK
March 31 - Aug 20 2017, World War I Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, USA
July 18 - Aug 30 2016, Belfast City Hall, UK
June 1 - July 5 2016, The Guildhall, City of London, UK
May 4 – 30 2016, Verdun, France
March 8 - April 5 2016, Institute Francais, Berlin, Germany
Feb 24 - March 31 2016, Champs Elysées, Paris, France


Michael St Maur Sheil

After reading Geography at Oxford University, Michael St Maur Sheil began his career in photo-journalism and a career-long association with the New York Picture agency Black Star working in Northern Ireland during ‘The Troubles’. He has worked in over 60 countries around the world and in 2001  he received a World Press Photo Award for his work on child trafficking in West Africa. Since 2005 he has been documenting the battlefields of the First World War as they are today: in 2014 his exhibition Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace 14-18 was seen by over 4 million people during its display in Les Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris and St James’s Park in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal geographical Society and a member of the British Commission for Military History. He lives in Oxfordshire with his long suffering wife Janet and a very chilled greyhound called Gonzo.