Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Officers of the 71st Highlanders

Officers of the 71st Highlanders playing with a dog, before conical tent with military camp in background. By Roger Fenton, 1855. 

"From then to the beginning of spring, the light and temperature were the best a photographer could ask for” he reported. As the season advanced, the light became stronger, the temperature hotter and the flies bothered the photographer who then started to take photographs of the military leaders in the early morning, as this was the only suitable time to work. “It is impossible to work after nine or ten o’clock because of the intense heat, which makes the corks on my bottles pop, and ruins all the pictures.” (

(source: Musee D'Orsay).

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