Felice Beato

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Felice Beato (1832 – 29 January 1909), also known as Felix Beato, was an ItalianBritish photographer. He was one of the first photographers to take pictures in East Asia and one of the first war photographers. He is noted for his genre works, portraits, and views and panoramas of the architecture and landscapes of Asia and the Mediterranean region. Beato's travels to many lands gave him the opportunity to create powerful and lasting images of countries, people and events that were unfamiliar and remote to most people in Europe and North America. To this day his work provides the key images of such events as the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and the Second Opium War. His photographs represent the first substantial oeuvre of what came to be called photojournalism. He had a significant impact on other photographers, and Beato's influence in Japan, where he taught and worked with numerous other photographers and artists, was particularly deep and lasting.

Origins and identity

The origins and identity of Felice Beato have been problematic issues, but the confusion over the dates and places of his birth and death seems now to have been substantially cleared up. Based on a death certificate discovered in 2009, Beato is known to have been born in Venice in 1832 and to have died on 29 January 1909 in Florence. The death certificate further indicates that he was a British subject and a bachelor.Bennett 2009, 241. Recent scholarship had uncovered an application by Beato...
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