From Dresden to Kabul to Saigon, locales are captured in the moments, weeks and decades after they were the centre of battle.

Since the invention of photography, images have been used to document the aftermath of conflict. This might include the immediate seconds following the explosion of a bomb or a city captured as it exists 25 years after it was destroyed by battle. Included here are examples from the World, Gulf and Vietnam Wars which have been arranged – rather innovatively – according to how long after the event they were created.

Several conflicts reappear from multiple points in time; for example the Second World War haunts Jerzy Lewczynski’s 1960s photographs of Adolf Hitler’s War Headquarters in Germany, as well as Nick Waplington’s 1993 close-ups of cell walls from a Prisoner of War camp in Wales.

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