A British war photographer during the Crimean War, 1855

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We cannot imagine this man making selfie

Roger Fenton in this historical photo, was one of the first who pictured the real military action. In happen during the Crimean War (1853-1856), and it’s supposed to be the first war conflict that was correctly documented, not just with diaries and paintings.

This war was between the Russian Empire from one side and the coalition of the French Empire, the United Kingdom, and the Osman Empire from another. The military actions mainly (but not only) took place in the Crimean peninsula, and the war was named after it.

Besides the historical photo, the Crimean war was widespread by reporters, specifically from the UK, who covered war events. History didn’t know conflicts between nations that were covered so well in newspapers and magazines.

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The Crimean road after artillery attack covered with rocks and cannonballs, Roger Fenton, during the Crimean War, 1855

Interestingly, but journalists, and maybe the historical photo, played their role in the resolution of this conflict. Needless to say, that editorial position didn’t understand why thousands of brits are dying this far from the homeland for no apparent reason. Their publications stirred anti-war sentiments and thus put pressure on the government to end the action. As a result, the administration had to sign the peace treaty forced by public opinion, even though the Russian empire was defeated on its territory, and further war actions could lead to better conditions for the coalition.

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