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Roger Fenton

one of the first war photographers.

1819 - 1869 Rochdale, Lancashire, England

As a photographer of architecture, Fenton was without equal in England. He assigned himself the task of photographing the major churches and abbeys of Great Britain and, working most often in a format as large as 14 x 18 inches, wedded perfect technique with an unerring ability to choose the precise vantage point and lighting conditions that would best render the smallest details of architecture, convey a sense of monumentality, and imbue his pictures with a  Romantic spirit . His subjects include the  Gothic cathedrals  of Salisbury, Wells, Lincoln, and Lichfield; Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, and the British Museum; Windsor and Balmoral Castles; and the ruined abbeys of Rievaulx, Fountains, Rosslyn, and Lindisfarne. - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In 1853 he became one of the founding members of the Photographic Society in London (now the Royal Photographic Society) and served as the organization’s Honorary Secretary for three years. He was soon appointed as the first photographer to the British Museum, and began to photograph the British Royal Family. - International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum



Roger Fenton (28 March 1819 – 8 August 1869) was a pioneering British photographer, one of the first war photographers.Fenton was born in Crimble Hall, Rochdale, Lancashire, on 28 March 1819. His grandfather was a wealthy cotton manufacturer and banker, his father a banker and Member of Parliament.

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