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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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The Queen’s Gallery, Photographs of the Middle East – photocall


The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East.
Great photocall this morning in what turned out to be a very busy day!
The Queen's Gallery/Cairo to Constantinople

Photographer Francis Bedford (the first ever royal photographer) accompanied the future king, ( King Edward VII) The Prince of Wales who was sent on a four-month ground breaking educational tour of the Middle East in 1862.
The Queen's Gallery/Cairo to Constantinople
The tour took the Prince to Egypt, Palestine and the Holy Land, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece. He met rulers, politicians and other notable figures, and traveled in a manner unassociated with royalty – by horse and camping out in tents. On the royal party’s return to England, Francis Bedford’s work was displayed in what was described as ‘the most important photographic exhibition that the public had ever seen.
The Queen's Gallery/Cairo to Constantinople

Now the photographs of the four-month-long tour, which was organised by Queen Victoria to occupy a 20-year-old Prince after he left university, have gone on display for the first time in 150 years.
Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s residence in Edinburgh, is playing host to a major new exhibition charting the tour, the images of which were said to offer the outside world some of the first glimpses of the Middle East.

Former Beirut hostage John McCarthy, who is making a BBC documentary charting the life of Bedford, launched the exhibition.
The Queen's Gallery/Cairo to Constantinople

And while my colleagues took a well-deserved rest I was off to the next job!

The Queen's Gallery/Cairo to Constantinople