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Shadows of War Roger Fenton’s Photographs of the Crimea


A great exhibition focusing exclusively on Roger Fenton’s pioneering photographs of the Crimean War, taken in 1855. Fenton was already an accomplished and respected photographer when he was sent by the publishers Agnew’s to photograph a war that pitched Britain, France and Turkey as allies against Russia.  Arriving several months after the major battles were fought in 1854, Fenton focused on creating moving portraits of the troops, as well as capturing the stark, empty battlefields on which so many lost their lives.

 

At The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse until November, well worth a visit.

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Amnesty at the Edinburgh Festival


I get commissioned every year to photograph the Amnesty comedy gig “Stand up for Freedom” at the Edinburgh Festival and they never disappoint.
Take the best comedians from the festival and put them on in one show…what’s not to like!
Hosted again by Fred MacAulay and Susan Calman, the line-up that includes the multi-talented Josie Long; Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer 2011 Hannibal Buress; star of Channel 4’s Stand Up For the Week Sara Pascoe; sketch trio Pappy’s; David O’Doherty; newcomer Rob Beckett; cabaret duo Frisky and Mannish

This year Amnesty were showing their support for the Russian punk band Pussy Riot.


If your like me and don’t have the time to see all of the festival, this is a great way to get a fantastic taster.
Don’t miss the Comics v Critics football match on Sunday 2pm kick-off at the Meadows.