'Cavalry Camp, Balaklava', 1855.
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Photograph by Roger Fenton (1819-1869) of British troops during the Crimean War. Tents, men and horses fill the valley. The British Heavy and Light Cavalry Brigades both fought during the war. The Light Brigade, in particular, suffered many casualities at the Battle of Balaklava. With his assistant Marcus Sparling and a mobile darkroom, a converted wine merchant's van, Fenton took 360 photographs of camp life, portraits and landscapes during the Crimean War (1854-1856). 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.