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Shadows of War

Roger Fenton's photographs of the Crimea, 1855

Sophie Gordon

 256 pages

This wonderful book underlines Fenton's pioneering skill as a war photographer and the enduring power of the war photograph.

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Hardback with Swiss binding
265 x 210 mm, 250 illustrations 
ISBN 978 1 909741 38 6

In March 1855 Roger Fenton, a former solicitor and founding member of what is now known as the Royal Photographic Society, travelled to war-torn Crimea to capture the brutality of war through the medium of photography.

The Royal Collection has the most important holding of his work in the world, with some 350 of his photographs of the Crimean conflict. This new publication brings together all these works and highlights the impact that such images had on those back in Britain, seeing in them the realities of war documented in pictures for the first time.

Royal Collection Trust curator Sophie Gordon also includes new and fascinating research into the commissioning of these images and the interplay between photography and paintings during the mid-nineteenth century.

Sophie Gordon is Head of Photographs, Royal Collection Trust. Her other titles include Cairo to Constantinople: Francis Bedfords Photographs of the Middle East and The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography.

Related exhibition
Roger Fenton's Photographs of the Crimea

The first exhibition to focus exclusively on Fenton's pioneering photographs of the Crimean War

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