Roger Fenton’s letters from the Crimea

Roger Fenton (1819-1869) was an English photographer. He did not stick to one distinct photographic genre, but moved freely from portraiture, narrative tableaux, documentary sequences, landscape and topographical studies, and elaborate still-life studies made in his studio. In 1855 he undertook an expedition to photograph the Crimean War, which was a war between Russia on the one hand and France, Turkey, and Britain on the other hand. Fenton’s extenisve body of photographs on this war, made in just four months, contains a number of now iconic images.

Roger Fenton’s letters from the Crimea publishes transcriptions of letters sent by Roger Fenton to family and friends during his ‘Photograhic Trip to the Crimea’ in 1855. These letters contain long and detailed accounts of his experiences. They were subsequently transcribed by various members of the family into letter-books, of which two are known to have survived. Although these two letter-books frequently contain transcripts of the same letters the two versions are often very different. This website brings together both letter-books to publish the entire sequence of the 25 letters.

The letters can be browsed in chronological order. Free search in the entire collection is also possible. Letters are shown in modern edition.

This website is a collaborative project initiated by De Montfort University, using the two surviving letter books in the collections of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center and The National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, now the National Media Museum.

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