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Crimea: Where War Photography Was Born | LIFE.com


With the great historical crossroads Crimea now very much back in the news ‚ÄĒ as Russian troops tighten their hold on the Ukrainian peninsula and the United States and its allies threaten to ‚Äúisolate‚ÄĚ Russia over the escalating crisis ‚ÄĒ LIFE.com takes a look back at another, long-ago conflict in the region through a singular lens: namely, that of the very earliest war photography.[MORE: “4 Reasons Putin Is Already Losing in Ukraine.”]The Crimean War of the 1850s, after all, was arguably where the genre was born, with British photographers like Roger Fenton 1819 ‚Äď 1869 and James Robertson 1813 ‚Äď 1888, the Italian-British Felice Beato 1832 ‚Äď 1909 and the Austro-Hungarian Carol Szathmari 1812 ‚Äď 1887¬†making what most historians consider the very first photographs of a major military conflict. Their pictures might lack the often-brutal drama of modern war photography, but they nevertheless serve as compelling documentation of the look and, in a sense, the logistics of mid-19th century warfare. Within a few years, Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner and others would document the American Civil War more thoroughly and graphically than Fenton, Robertson, Beato or any others managed in Crimea ‚ÄĒ a clear indication of how rapidly photography took hold as a critical method of reportage.

 

Valley of the Shadow of Death, c 1855.

Crimea: Where War Photography Was Born | LIFE.com.


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