Matthew Arnold’ s New Book Topography Is Fate Released

March 25, 2014

By Barbara Goldman

Editorial, travel and fine art photographer Matthew Arnold’s love of the landscape and of history, in particular World War II, has influenced his latest body of work. Topography Is Fate — North African Battlefields of World War II, has just been published by Kehrer Verlag and is available in Europe now. The book will be released in the U.S. this week. Arnold’s book is more than an investigation but a soul-searching, visual  testament to the trials of war waged and forgotten in the vast desert landscapes of Egypt, Tunisia and Libya during World War II.  The book had a fantastic review on German radio recently that can be accessed here.  The approach is conceptual, with the photographs of the North African battlefields presented, similar to the New Topographic photographers of previous generations, in an almost anonymous and neutral tone of voice.

The monograph includes a foreword written by Hilary Roberts, and an essay by Natalie Zelt.
See more on upcoming events surrounding the book and where it can be ordered here. You can check it out at

Topography Is Fate is currently available at Amazon and PhotoEye and can be ordered here.    See more work at Arnold’s website at

© Matthew Arnold/ Goat track used by the British commandos on a raid on Rommel’s headquarters near Al Bayda, Libya.