British photographer's extraordinary images of American icons... using up to 30,000 U.S. troops

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These are the extraordinary pictures of the Statue of Liberty and icons of U.S. history captured on camera by an ingenious British photographer - using up to 30,000 soldiers.

Englishman Arthur S. Mole took the pictures of soldiers returning to America after World War I.

Now the unique collection of the remarkable pictures has been brought together for the first time at the Carl Hammer Gallery, in Chicago, USA.

Mole's work was the first to use a unique technique to beat the problem of perspective after he devised a clever way of getting so many soldiers in the pictures.

Taken in 1918, photographers Arthur S. Mole and his American colleague John D. Thomas took the photographs in camps across the U.S.

A special 70-foot tower was built at each site especially for the shots.

Arthur's great nephew Joseph Mole, 70, said the photographer was unique in the way he captured so many people on film.

He said: 'In the picture of the Statue of Liberty there are 12,000 men in the torch alone, but just 17 at the base.

'The men at the top of the picture are actually half a mile away from the men at the bottom.

'Arthur was able to get the image by actually drawing an outline on the lens, he then had the troops place flags in certain positions while he looked through the camera...

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