Felice Beato was an Italian-British photographer who began his career taking the first-ever photographs of battle during the Crimean War. Beato is renowned not only for venturing into a new genre of photography so soon after the art's inception, but also for pioneering various new techniques and for photographing places, events, and people that were previously inaccessible to a wide audience. Beato brought the East to the West, giving British citizens insight into the cultures of and wars going on in countries like China, India, Japan, and Burma. He ventured into photographing corpses on the battlefield, a first in war photography history, and took his skills and creativity all around the world.
Beato's innovation and mastery of a blossoming genre have secured him in the history books as one of the most prominent war photographers of all time. He was, after all, the man who captured one of the most haunting photographs of the 19th century, that of the crucified Japanese servant.
Beato Was Only An Assistant When He Took His First War Photographs, And He Nearly Didn't Get Credit
Felice Beato Was Well-Traveled, Which Lent Itself To Working In Far-Off Places
Because Of His Travels, Beato Could Cash In On A Unique Market
No One Else Took War Photographs Before Him Because Of People's "Sensibilities'"