The folks at the National Army Museum have had a busy summer delving into their extensive photograph archives, the results of which are now being shown via their online exhibition entitled First Shots: Early War Photography 1848-60. The online exhibition features the work of many celebrated war photographers including Bengal Army Surgeon John McCosh who, as an enthusiastic amateur, recorded some remarkable scenes from the Second Sikh War (1848-49). Also featured is the work of Roger Fenton, of Crimea fame, whose pictures were among the first to be used for propaganda purposes.
Supported by early photographic equipment, First Shots provides a fascinating insight into the origins of what has become one of the most powerful journalistic mediums.
Visitors may find some images in this exhibition disturbing.