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Roger Fenton was born near Bury, Lancashire, not far from Rochdale. His grandfather was a wealthy Lancashire cotton manufacturer and banker, his father a banker and member of Parliament.
Roger Fenton
Roger Fenton (March 20, 1819 - August 8, 1869) was a pioneering British photographer, one of the first war photographers.
Roger Fenton was born near Bury, Lancashire, not far from Rochdale. His grandfather was a wealthy Lancashire cotton manufacturer and banker, his father a banker and member of Parliament.
Fenton visited the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park in London in 1851 and was impressed by the photography on display there.
In 1855 Fenton went to the Crimean War on assignment for the publisher Thomas Agnew to photograph the troops, with a photographic assistant Marcus Sparling and a servant and a large van of equipment. Despite high temperatures, breaking several ribs, and suffering from cholera, he managed to make over 350 usable large format negatives. An exhibition of 312 prints was soon on show in London.
Fenton is considered the first war photographer for his work during the Crimean War, for which he used a mobile studio called a "photographic van".