These rare photographs show the everyday life on a Navy ship during the World War Two, 1942-1945

In 1942, shortly after America's entry into the war, the Navy established a special group called the Naval Aviation Photographic Unit to document and promote its aviation activities.

The main objective of this photographic unit was to promote the recruitment of pilots especially for the Navy. Radford, the Chief of the Navy, believed that there was competition for a limited talent pool between the Navy and the Army Air Corps, and that engaging, top-rate photography in the press, posters and leaflets would help the Navy reach its quota. Will do 30,000 new pilots every year.

Edward Steichen, one of the most famous and well-paid photographers in the world, was asked to assemble a team and run the Naval Aviation Photographic Unit.

Some recruited photographers, such as Wayne Miller and Horace Bristol, who later became famous in their own right. One of the lesser-known members of the unit was a young ensign named Alfonso "Fons" Innelli.

Fons began working with the unit as an assistant and darkroom developer, but was promoted to photographer. He was given the task of documenting the feelings of the men on the ship and developed his own "fly-on-the-wall" style.

His photographs were published in a collection edited by Steichen titled U.S. Navy War Photographs: Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Harbor (1945) was and was included in the exhibition. Museum of Modern Art in 1945.

After the war, Innelli's photographs paint a complex and contradictory picture of American life. Iannelli McCall became a hugely successful photojournalist for Life, Fortune, Collier and The Saturday Evening Post. Her photos for the "How America Lives" section of the Ladies Home Journal sympathetically portray post-war consumerist aspiration.

Other images document that the promise of safety, happiness and peace at the end of the war was elusive to many. By the late 1940s, he was rumored to be the highest paid magazine photographer in New York.

He was known for his ability to overcome difficult light conditions and is said to have introduced the bounce-light technique to soft lighting in photojournalism.

In 1948, Innelli founded Scope Associates, a cooperative agency run by photographers. Several members of Steichen's naval unit were represented by Scope, including Horace Bristol and Viktor Jorgensen. In 1951, Innelli founded his own film production studio, Filmscope Inc.

Innelli continued to make photographs and films until the 1980s. In 1982 his studio caught fire and many of his old prints and equipment were destroyed. Fons Innelli died in 1988.

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