The Italian-British Felice Beato (1832-1909) was amongst the earliest photographers to dedicate his career to photographing Asia and the Near East. His travels led him to numerous countries around the world, for instance India, Greece, Palestine, Korea, Japan, and China. If Chinese exotic sceneries and portraits were popular subject matter, the chronicling of the successive wars that occurred during the second half of the nineteenth century became also important topic in the medium of photography.

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