The Artist's Van
His Royal Highness Prince Napoleon
Captain Andrews 28th Regiment
Brigadier General Lockyer and two of his staff
Lieutenant General Sir John Burgoyne G.C.B., Inspector General of Fortifications
Landing place Ordnance Wharf Balaklava Genoese Castle
The sanitary commission
Balaklava harbour - the cattle pier
Two sergeants 4th Light Dragoons
150+ Year Old Photos of the Crimean War by Roger Fenton
With the current turmoil in the Ukraine, and Crimea in particular, it may be an apt time to post these photographs of the Crimean War, taken by Roger Fenton, which occurred between October 1853 and February, 1856. The belligerents were the French, British and Ottoman Empires, headed by Napoleon III, against the Russian Empire headed by Nicholas I and Alexander II. Like many wars, the Crimean conflict was rooted in religious differences, in this case western backed Catholics vs. Russian backed Orthodox. The war was considered the one of the first modern wars, in that the use of railways, telegraphs, and even photography was commonplace.
This collection of photographs, collected by the Library of Congress, features the collected works of Roger Fenton, who spent four months in Crimea during 1855. Fenton took 360 photographs during this stay, 263 of which now belong to the Library of Congress, and feature one of the first attempts to document a war through the medium of photography. Here’s ten of our favourites from the collection, but if you’d like to see the rest of his work, head over to the link below for the full archive.
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