Albumen print from collodion negative
Image: 23.1 x 29.1 cm (9 1/8 x 11 7/16 in.); Paper: 23.1 x 29.1 cm (9 1/8 x 11 7/16 in.)
Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2022.34
Felice Beato was one of the pioneers of war photography.
Beato’s photographs of the Second Opium War are believed to be the first that captured a military campaign in progress. Within that project, an extended sequence of photographs of the Taku Forts—to which this image belongs—exemplify the idea of creating a narrative recreation of the battle, a process that would later be followed by American photographers documenting the Civil War.
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