All the Mighty World: The Photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852–1860

Baldwin, Gordon, Malcolm Daniel, and Sarah Greenough, with contributions by Richard Pare, Pam Roberts, and Roger Taylor (2004)

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All the Mighty World: The Photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852–1860

Roger Fenton (1819–1869) was the most celebrated and influential photographer in England during the golden age of the medium in the 1850s. This major loan exhibition unites ninety of Fenton's finest works from American and European collections, representing his achievement in every genre: Romantic landscapes, intimate portraits of the royal family, stunning architectural views of England's ruined abbeys and castles, moving reportage of the Crimean War, enchanting Orientalist tableaux, and lush still lifes. Following its appearance at the Metropolitan Museum, the exhibition will travel to Tate Britain, London.

One of the artists most highly revered by photograph historians and collectors, Fenton was profoundly influenced by the great English Romantic painters and poets of the early nineteenth century. The exhibition takes its title, "All the Mighty World," from William Wordsworth's "Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey," an ode to nature in which the author declares himself "A lover of the meadows and the woods, / And mountains; and of all that we behold / From this green earth; of all the mighty world / Of eye and ear, both what they half-create, / And what perceive."