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Royal Collection Trust events: Frere and Fenton

The Royal Collection Trust has a number of upcoming events related to the exhibition Shadows of War: Roger Fenton’s Photographs of the Crimea, 1855 at the Queen's Gallery, London:  

Creative course: Photography in Focus

Saturday, 9 – Sunday, 10 February, 10:00 – 17:00, £175

Enhance your photography skills on this two-day course led by award-winning British Army photographer Rupert Frere. Learn the theory behind taking a good photograph using Fenton's and Frere's own photographs as inspiration, before taking your new-found skills out into the heart of London under the supervision of your tutor. This course will improve your confidence, creativity, composition and help you find your photographic voice.

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Lecture: Roger Fenton: The First War Photographer

Wednesday, 20 March, 13:00–14:00, free with an exhibition ticket

Join Sophie Gordon, Head of Photographs, as she discusses Roger Fenton's photographs of the Crimean War, taken in 1855. The lecture will look at the commercial motivations behind Fenton's work and the public display of the photographs across Britain in 1855–6. It will also highlight the emotional content of this pioneering photography by comparing his images with the work of other Crimean War photographers.

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and at Windsor Castle:

Evening lecture: Crown and Camera: A Victorian Passion for Photography

Wednesday, 13 March, 18:30 – 20:00, £15

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were fascinated by photography from a very early date. Catlin Langford, Assistant Curator at Royal Collection Trust, considers the wide range of photography they commissioned and collected that provides us with a unique glimpse into their passions, beliefs and private family life.

Images: top: © Rupert Frere; middle and lower: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019.

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