Group of the 71st Regiment (1855)
Roger Fenton was sent to the Crimean War as the first official war photographer at the insistence of Prince Albert. The photographs produced were to be used to offset the aversion of the British people to an unpopular war, and to counteract the antiwar reporting of The Times. The photographs were to be converted into woodblocks and published in the less critical Illustrated London News, published in book form, and displayed in a gallery. Fenton therefore avoided making pictures of dead, injured or mutilated soldiers.
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