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Roger Fenton
A photographer, employed by Thomas Agnew & Sons to take
photos during the war for an album/public display
The Queen was one of his patrons
He was instructed not to take horrific pictures of war horrors-
therefore didn't provide a complete picture of the war
The equipment he used also restricted him in that he couldn't
take photos of moving scenes, like battles. Therefore pictures
had to be largely staged
Took hundreds of photos at Balaclava- he arrived in March
1855 and left in June, meaning he wasn't present for much of
the war
His work was used to offset negative reports in The Times etc
and also went on public display after the war…read more

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William Russell
William Russell was the first professional correspondent to cover a
war, working for The Times
He did not get permission from the army or government to go to the
Crimea, and both would rather have not had him present
He exposed poor conditions and administrative/military
He was strongly anti-turk and anti-french and this may have altered
his work- some of it seems exaggerated.
He could not have been present at some of the events he recorded in
articles, and because the sources/informants used are rarely known,
it is hard to judge the reliability of some of his reports
Was absent for the 1854-55 winter and left the Crimean in December
He did much to sway the public opinion against the war and for
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The Times & other sources that
influenced the public
The Times shocked readers throughout the war,
and its circulation increased greatly
Doctors, Soldiers, Surgeons etc and their wives
also kept diaries and wrote letters home
These were often published as first hand
accounts and were also relayed by word of
mouth, and therefore also helped to affect public
opinion.…read more


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