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All the Mighty Worldby Gordon Baldwin
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Roger Fenton (1819-1869) was Englandand#8217;s most celebrated and influential photographer during the 1850s, the and#147;golden ageand#8221; of this radically new medium. Fentonand#8217;s majestic pictures of cathedrals, country houses, and varied countryside were without peer in Englandand#151;as were his views of the royal castles and Houses of Parliament that embodied Britainand#8217;s power. But Fentonand#8217;s choice of subjects ranged more widely still: he was among the first to photograph the Kremlin and other landmarks of Moscow and Kiev; he was commissioned in 1855 to document the Crimean War, producing early war photographs; and he created theatrical Orientalist costume pictures and a startling series of lush still lifes.
Fenton had first studied law and painting, but soon after he took up the camera he was making photographs that were technically superb and highly original in their handling of composition, perspective, atmosphere, and light. Always he strove to demonstrate that photography could equal the art of painting and even surpass it. He was the force behind the founding of the Photographic Society (later the Royal Photographic Society), which worked to advance the profession and encouraged the exhibition of membersand#8217; works throughout Britain. In a career of a single decade, Fenton did much to transform photography into a medium of powerful expression and visual delight.
This exquisitely produced bookand#151;the first comprehensive publication on Fenton in almost twenty yearsand#151;presents eighty-five of the artistand#8217;s finest photographs and discusses every aspect of his work and his remarkable career.
About the Author
Gordon Baldwin is Associate Curator of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum; Malcolm Daniel is Curator in Charge, Department of Photographs, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Sarah Greenough is Curator of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
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