The very first war photography was staged
Captain Thomas Longworth Dames of the British Royal Artillery.
Image: Roger Fenton/Library of Congress
In the 1850s, the Crimean War emerged from a dispute over the rights of Christian minorities in the Ottoman-controlled Holy Land. Tensions among Russia, France and the Ottoman Empire eventually boiled over into a war centered in the Balkans and the critical warm-water ports of the Crimean Peninsula in the Black Sea.
The fighting in Crimea, which included the famed “Charge of the Light Brigade,” eventually settled into a prolonged stalemate, with allied British, French and Ottomans besieging the Russian-held port of Sevastopol Read more…