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The Mystery Of Ephemeral Order

Fenton Photo with canon balls.

Luminary fact-hunter, Errol Morris, is recorded in this appearance on Radio Lab.
One of his most recent searches for truth led him across the globe to discover the truth behind one particular photograph. Taken in 1855 during the Crimean War, the photo — titled “The Valley of the Shadow of Death” by its photographer, Roger Fenton — is one of the first photos ever taken of war. Morris wanted to know whether this also was in fact the first “Staged” photograph.

You see there are actually two photos, taken from the same spot, at the same time, but very different…..so which came first?

Hope you enjoy this adventure through time and into a photograph.