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Exhibition: Shadows of War Roger Fenton's Photographs of the Crimea, 1855

Shadows of War is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on Roger Fenton's pioneering photographs of the Crimean War, taken in 1855. Fenton was already an accomplished and respected photographer when he was sent by the publishers Agnew's to photograph a war that pitched Britain, France and Turkey as allies against Russia.  Arriving several months after the major battles were fought in 1854, Fenton focused on creating moving portraits of the troops, as well as capturing the stark, empty battlefields on which so many lost their lives.  Published in contemporary newspaper reports, Fenton's photographs showed the impact of war to the general public for the first time.  Through his often subtle and poetic interpretations Fenton created the genre of war photography, showing his extraordinary genius in capturing the futility of war.

A book of the same title by Sophie Gordon, Senior Curator of Photographs at the Royal Collection Trust will be published in August 2017, priced at £35. 

Shadows of War: Roger Fenton's Photographs of the Crimea, 1855
4 August 2017 – January 2018
Edinburgh: The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse; then London: Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, from November 2018.

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Comment by Stephen Michael Barnett on February 20, 2017 at 3:45

In 2015 I made a private visit to this marvellous Fenton collection. see Fenton images in Budapest. Julia Papp was  a delightful person to meet and share my love of Fenton's work although none of there images are from Crimea. I first saw his work at the V & A in 1996. I own some of his stereo views .

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