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Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: APF

Pasha and Bedouin


Roger Fenton

While some photographers travelled, others recreated the East in their studios, as in the case of Roger Fenton (1819−1869). This pupil of the French painter Delaroche, who thus inherited a formidable repertoire of imagination and technical skills, including a taste for detail and descriptive precision, is known to have covered the Crimean War as a photographer. The Middle East remained, however, unknown to him. He staged his first tableaux vivants, in which he also played a leading role, in London in 1858. Far from seeking to disguise their inherent ambiguity, midway between theatre and painting, these highly posed photographs present an ordinary event as a faux Eastern snapshot, as in this example.

Artwork Details

Artist: Roger Fenton
Title: Pasha and Bedouin
Geography: London, United Kingdom
Date: 1858

Medium: albumen print from a collodion negative

Classification: photography
Dimensions: 26.6 x 25 cm
Inventory number: LAD 2011.155
Contact for images : [email protected]
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