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An eye-witness at the fall of Fort Taku in Tientsin in 1860 describes a photographer at work among the horrors:

'I walked round the ramparts on the west side. They were thickly strewn with dead - in the northwest angle thirteen were lying in one group round a gun. Signor Beato was there in great excitement, characterising the group as 'beautiful' and begging that it might not be interfered with until perpetuated by his photographic apparatus, which was done a few minutes afterwards.'

Quoted Helmut Gernsheim The Rise of Photography, 1850-1880, Thames and Hudson 1988, page 100


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