Arthur Mole and John Thomas, at a time when photography was still taking its first steps in history, were able to, through perseverance and technical ability, photograph large groups of people to created symbolic representations of objects and people. Even in light of 21st century abilities, such a task, which could involve up to 30 000 people at the same time, is complex and full of details, putting the magnificent productions into perspective.
Arthur and Thomas, the so-called "living photographers", were able to capture these fantastic images from 1915 to 1920, during World War I. Their goal was to recover the American image and identity, at the time America joined the war, in 1917.
The great dimension of this project takes on even bigger proportions for its philanthropic character of its authors: instead of thriving from the sale of the pictures they produced, Arthur and Thomas donated all their profits to the families of soldiers coming back from war, who were trying to get their lives back.