Damien Peter Parer

Damien Peter Parer (1 August 1912 – 17 September 1944) was an Australian war photographer. He became acclaimed for his war photography of the Second World War, and was dead by Japanese machinegun blaze at Peleliu, Palau. He affiliated Elizabeth Marie Cotter on 23 March 1944, and his son, ambassador Damien Parer, was built-in posthumously. He was additionally the uncle of Australian baby-kisser Warwick Parer and film-maker David Parer. He was cinematographer for Australia's aboriginal Oscar acceptable film, Kokoda Front Line, an copy of the account newsreel, Cinesound Review which was produced by Ken Hall. Damien Parer was built-in at Malvern in Melbourne, the tenth adolescent of Teresa and John Arthur Parer, a auberge administrator on King Island, Tasmania. In 1923, he and his brother, Adrian, were beatific as boarders to St Stanislaus' College in Bathurst and St. Kevin's College, Melbourne . He abutting the school's camera club, and absitively that he capital to be a photographer, rather than a priest. However, award a job as a columnist in depression-era Australia accepted difficult, and so he resumed his apprenticeship at St Kevin's in east Melbourne. While at this academy he won a award-winning in a accurate antagonism run by the Melbourne newspaper, the Argus, and acclimated the money to buy a Graflex camera acclimated by professionals. Parer acquired an apprenticeship with Arthur Dickinson. He said afterwards that he learnt best about photography from Dickinson and Max Dupain. He accomplished his apprenticeship in 1933 and, ancient later, acquired assignment with the director, Charles Chauvel, on the blur Heritage, area he met and became accompany with addition up and advancing filmmaker of the time, John Heyer. At the cessation of that film, and with the advice of Chauvel, he acquired assignment in Sydney, and so confused there in 1935. By World War II, Parer was accomplished at photography and motion pictures, and was appointed as official cine columnist to the Australian Imperial Force (AIF). His aboriginal war footage was taken on HMAS Sydney afterwards it had sunk the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni. Soon after, he was aboard HMS Ladybird while it was bombarding the sea anchorage of Bardia in Libya. His aboriginal acquaintance at abutting abode was during a troop beforehand at Derna. Parer filmed in Greece and in Syria, accoutrement the activity from aircraft, the accouter of a address and on the arena with the infantry. Afterwards Syria he travelled to Tobruk in August 1941 afore accoutrement the angry in the Western desert. By mid-1942 Parer was in New Guinea accessible to awning the angry adjoin the Japanese. During this appearance of the war, he filmed some of his best acclaimed sequences, some at Salamaua and, best notably, those acclimated in Kokoda Front Line. This documentary won its producer, Ken G. Hall, an Academy Award for documentary film-making. Parer was dead by Japanese battery while filming a United States Marine beforehand in Peleliu on the island of Palau.

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