'Fur and Feathers', c 1859.
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Still life photograph by Roger Fenton (1819-1869) of dead game animals. This composition of hares and pheasants shows the contrasting textures between fur and feathers. In 1860, when Fenton was at the peak of his technical skill and experience, he undertook a series of about forty still lifes, often representing aspects of symbolism traditionally used in art. Roger Fenton was a founding member of the Royal Photographic Society and one of the most influential photographers of the 1850s. He is best known as one of the first war photographers, from his work in the Crimea in 1855. However, he also took many highly-regarded photographs of the Royal Family and the collections of the British Museum as well as many superb landscapes, architectural studies and still lifes.