Hardcover, 86 pages
8 x 10 inches
Black & White archival photos
Shore Leave is a collection of snapshots from World War II revealing the activities of US Navy personnel on their way to and from the Pacific theatre by way of Hawaii. “A tropical paradise filled with beautiful beaches, nubile hula girls, and powerful native surfers,” writes Jim Heimann in his introductory essay, Honolulu would serve as a backdrop for the final moments of freedom before being deposited onto the battlefield.
Shore Leave is the first photo book to capture Honolulu during the Second World War through a remarkably curated collection of vintage photographs, a lot of them found in personal scrapbooks of veterans, which were collected by Heimann over years. Binding all these insightful photographs together in the book creates a truly unique insight, elegantly designed moreover, Shore Leave is one of the most captivating books we have discovered this year.
Ryan Mungia is an editor, publisher, and photographer based in Los Angeles.