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

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A secondhand copy of a rare and out of print book about one of the early pioneers of war photography, Roger Fenton (1819-69) 

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 photgraphy, one of the first to do so. Royal Collection Trust has the most important holding of his work in the world, with some 350 of his photographs. 


Two concise and excellent essays introduce the collection. The first describes the historical context of the war in Crimea, while the second explores Fenton's career, his working practices and his journey through Crimea and the reception of his work. 

The main section includes 80 or so examples of his work while the appendix features all 340 of the Royal Collection's Fenton images - all beautifully reproduced in rich tones. The book has been designed with Swiss binding (whereby only the rear endpaper is glued to the case), allowing readers to open the book flat and to inspect double-page spreads closely.

  • Author: Sophie Gordon is Head of Photographs, Royal Collection Trust
  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • Date published: August 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781909741386
  • Condition: Very good - small creases at top of spine.
  • Product Dimensions: 26.3 x 20.9 cm

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