Roger Fenton

(1819 -1869)
Roger Fenton Colin Campbell, 1st Baron Clyde, 1792 - 1863. Field-Marshal 1855

Biography

Roger Fenton was one of the finest photographers of his day working with landscape and architecture. Having been impressed by the work of 'the first real photographic organisation', the Société Héliographique in France, he became one of the founders of the Photographic Society of London in 1853. In 1854 he was commissioned to travel to the Crimea and photograph every aspect of a war which was beginning to cause public discontent back home. In 1862 he gave up photography to start work as a solicitor. His camera and over 1,000 negatives were sold in November that year.

Glossary terms

  • A transparent film of gun cotton dissolved in ether and containing potassium iodide spread over a glass plate negative. Wet collodion was sensitised on the spot and developed immediately. It gives high resolution of detail. Dry collodion was usually found to be less sensitive.