Roger Fenton (28 March 1819 – 8 August 1869) was a British photographer, noted as one of the first war photographers. Fenton was born into a Lancashire merchant family. After graduating from London with an Arts degree, he became interested in painting and later developed a keen interest in the new technology of photography after seeing early examples of at The Great Exhibition in 1851. Within a year, he began exhibiting his own photographs. He became a leading British photographer and instrumental in founding the Photographic Society (later the Royal Photographic Society). In 1854, he was commissioned to document events occurring in Crimea, where he became one of a small group of photographers to produce images of the final stages of the Crimean War.
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Born March 1819; died 8 August 1869. Founding member of the Photographic Club of London in 1847. In 1852, Fenton photographed Kiev, St. Petersburg, and Moscow, Russia. Founding member of the Photographic Society of London in 1853. Fenton was named official photographer of he Crimean War in 1854 and photographed the Crimea from March to June 1855. Fenton became a member of the Société française de photographie in 1855. Fenton produced the first systematic coverage of war. Fenton was commissioned by Queen Victoria to photograph the Royal Family. Upon his return to England from the Crimea in 1856, Fenton photographed cathedrals, country houses and still lifes. Fenton was associated with the Photo-Galvano-Graphic Co.
British, English
Artist, Architect, Photojournalist, Photographer
Roger Fenton
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