The Flag of the Commander in Chief of the Korean Forces

Object Details

Title:

The Flag of the Commander in Chief of the Korean Forces

Artist/Maker(s):

Felice Beato (English, born Italy, 1832 - 1909)

Culture:

British

Date:

June 1871

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

26.2 x 21.4 cm (10 5/16 x 8 7/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Partial gift from the Wilson Centre for Photography

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Here three military officers pose in front of a Korean flag they captured at Fort McKee. The mission was essentially a failure, resulting in unnecessary deaths and failed negotiations between the United States and Korea. Commissioned to make photographs for the Americans, Beato perpetuated the illusion of victory.

Exhibitions
Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road (December 7, 2010 to May 6, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 7, 2010 to April 24, 2011
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, (Tokyo), March 6 to May 6, 2012