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Roger Fenton

All the mighty World/Photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852-1860

Early Orientalist Photography

BALDWIN, G & PARE, R. & GREENOUGH, S.,  All the mighty World - The photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852- 1860, New Haven 2006.  (Yale university Press / ISBN 9780300104905). Exhibition catalogue. Hard cover(oblong) 25,5 x 30 cm. 290 pages with 89 photographs.
"Roger Fenton (1819–1869) was the most celebrated and influential photographer in England during the golden age of the medium in the 1850s. This major loan exhibition unites ninety of Fenton's finest works from American and European collections, representing his achievement in every genre: Romantic landscapes, intimate portraits of the royal family, stunning architectural views of England's ruined abbeys and castles, moving reportage of the Crimean War, enchanting Orientalist tableaux, and lush still lifes. 
Before taking up the camera, Roger Fenton studied law in London and painting in Paris. He traveled to Russia in 1852 and photographed the landmarks of Kiev and Moscow; founded the Photographic Society (later designated the Royal Photographic Society) in 1853; and was appointed the first official photographer of the British Museum in 1854. Fenton achieved widespread recognition for his photographs of the Crimean War in 1855, including portraits of confident commanders and shell-shocked soldiers, scenes of Balaklava Harbor and of the allied camps, and views of the terrain of battle. Among the most understated but moving of these is Valley of the Shadow of Death (1855, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles), a barren landscape littered with cannonballs.
Perhaps inspired by the experience of traveling through Constantinople en route to Balaklava, or perhaps simply sharing the mid-nineteenth-century vogue for all things exotic, Fenton produced a theatrical suite of Orientalist compositions during the summer of 1858—costume pieces such as Pasha and Bayadere (J. Paul Getty Museum) and Nubian Water Carrier (National Museum of Photography, Film & Television) that strove for high art rather than documentation and that were, in a sense, an antidote to the harsh realities that Fenton had recorded in the Crimea."

€ 32.50


Roger Fenton  Pasha and Bayadere

Roger Fenton Pasha and Bayadere

Oriënt, oude fotografie

BALDWIN, R. Roger Fenton  Pasha and Bayadere, Los Angeles 1996. Softcover 19 x 24 cm. 112 pg. met 58 afb. waarvan 20 in kleur.
"Roger Fenton"s photograph Pasha and Bayadere is a fascinating image in its own right and is an expression of a more general Orientalist craze that grew steadily stronger during the nineteenth century in Europe. In his rich and detailed study, Baldwin explains how this image of a seated man and a dancing woman embodies themes and motifs that can be found in the work of nineteenth-century artists from Eugene Delacroix to John Frederick Lewis to Alfred Lord Tennyson. He has also brought to light significant new information about the life and career of Fenton, the important Victorian photographer best known for his photographs of the Crimean War."

€ 19.50