Marcus Sparling, assistant to Roger Fenton during Crimean War.
Some of you may be aware that Marcus Sparling assisted Roger Fenton in photographing the Crimean War.But did you also know that:
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He constructed a field camera in 1850 while in the military.
He wrote a book about photography, Theory and Practice of the Photographic Art (1853 or 1856).
He was a member of the 4th Light Dragoons, calvary division, until 1853.He was a member of the band.
His regiment was decimated in the war.
He named his youngest son, Omar b. September, 1855, probably after Omar Pasha, a Crimean War hero.
He was born in Ireland of Irish and German descent (Irish Palatine).