18 October 2010

Roger Fenton (1819-1869)

" The photographic career of Roger Fenton (1819-1869) lasted only eleven years, but during that time he became the most famous photographer in Britain. Part of the second generation of photographers who came to maturity in the 1850s—only a decade after the process was invented—Fenton strove to elevate the new medium to the status of a fine art and to establish it as a respected profession. He was the first official photographer to the British Museum and one of the founders of the Photographic Society, later named the Royal Photographic Society, an organization he hoped would help establish the medium's importance in modern life."






 
 Roger Fenton
Self-Portrait, February 1852
Albumen silver print from glass negative
The Metropolitan Museum of Art








 Roger Fenton, Seated Odalisque, 1858




  Roger Fenton, Discobolos, 1857
source: British Museum





The Crimean War Photographs





Marcus Sparling, full-length portrait,
seated on Roger Fenton's photographic van.
salted paper; 17.5 × 16.5 cm., 1855

 





The valley of the shadow of death
Fenton, Roger, 1819-1869, photographer, 1855
,
salted paper ; 28 x 36 cm.
Dirt road in ravine scattered with cannonballs.
Part of Roger Fenton Crimean War photograph collection,
Library of Congress 







Mortar batteries in front of Picquet house Light Division
Fenton, Roger, 1819-1869, photographer, 1855

salted paper ; 24 x 35.5 cm.
Photo shows five men and three mortars at a mortar battery with bomb-proof shelter.
Part of: Fenton, Roger, 1819-1869. Roger Fenton Crimean War photograph collection,
Library of Congress Collection



link: Roger Fenton works at George Eastman House Archive


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