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Roger Fenton was a pioneering British photographer, one of the first war photographers and known for his Crimean War photographs.

It is likely that in autumn 1854, as the war grabbed the attention of the British public, that some powerful friends and patrons - among them Prince Albert and Duke of Newcastle, secretary of state for war - urged Fenton to go the Crimea to record the happenings. He set off aboard HMS Hecla in February, landed at Balaclava on 8 March and remained there until 22 June. The resulting photographs may have been intended to offset the general unpopularity of the war among the British people, and to counteract the occasionally critical reporting of correspondent William Howard Russell of The Times. The photographs were to be converted into woodblocks and published in the less critical Illustrated London News. Fenton took Marcus Sparling as his photographic assistant, a servant known as William and a large horse-drawn van of equipment....
 
 
Roger Fenton was a pioneering British photographer, one of the first war photographers and known for his Crimean War photographs.

It is likely that in autumn 1854, as the war grabbed the attention of the British public, that some powerful friends and patrons - among them Prince Albert and Duke of Newcastle, secretary of state for war - urged Fenton to go the Crimea to record the happenings. He set off aboard HMS Hecla in February, landed at Balaclava on 8 March and remained there until 22 June. The resulting photographs may have been intended to offset the general unpopularity of the war among the British people, and to counteract the occasionally critical reporting of correspondent William Howard Russell of The Times. The photographs were to be converted into woodblocks and published in the less critical Illustrated London News. Fenton took Marcus Sparling as his photographic assistant, a servant known as William and a large horse-drawn van of equipment....

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