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ROGER FENTON (1819-69)

The Old Post Office, Balaklava

15 Mar 1855

RCIN 2500464

In one of his letters Fenton said that the photograph of the Old Post Office was the first photograph he made in the Crimea. A Victorian public might have expected the post office to be a smart and efficient institution, but the condition of this building emphasises that the photographer is on the edge of a war zone. The rubble on the ground would have been created by the destruction of existing buildings to make way for the military railway, constructed by the British in 1855. A large number of beer bottles stand on the ledge at the top of the stairs.

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