An exhibition featuring World War I memorials remembering fallen Anzac soldiers has opened at Canterbury Museum today.

Laurence Aberhart has been photographing WW1 memorials that include a single figure, across New Zealand and Australia, for more than three decades.

As with all his work, Aberhart shot the exhibition photographs with an old-fashioned view camera using long exposures and available light.

A special exhibition of 60 prints, developed by Dunedin Public Art Gallery as part of the World War I centenary commemorations, has now gone on display. Museum director Anthony Wright says that Aberhart's work is particularly thought-provoking and relevant in the lead up to Anzac Day.

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"These war memorials stand across both our countries as symbolic and moving tributes to those who sacrificed their lives in the wars of the 20th century and are powerful reminders of the massive casualties of war," he said.