Shadows of War — Fenton’s Photos of the Crimea

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Roger Fenton was an accomplished and respected photographer when he was sent to photograph the Crimean War in 1855.

Fenton's genius was in capturing the futility of war, and as well as showing us the stark and empty battlefields on which so many people lost their lives, he also took some very moving portraits of the battle-weary troops. When the photographs were subsequently published in the newspapers back home they revealed to the British public the brutal impact of war on those who fought it, creating a whole new genre of war photography.

 

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