It is impossible to overlook the past, for it was here in this part of the world in the mid-19th century that photography and war came together for the first time. During the Crimean War (1853-56), Roger Fenton from Britain traveled with six horses drawing his photographic van and was able to develop pictures using the collodion plate process. Pictures “based on photographs” made using the plates became the first press photos in history.
Guillaume Herbaut has found something similarly archaic in his coverage of the war in the Donbas: a person speechless, a landscape devoid of movement, an atmosphere frozen. Herbaut fraternizes with his photographer forbears as the separatists and the Ukrainian Armed Forces play out, once again, scenes from the battle waged since ancient times between Europe and Asia.”
Michel Poivert – Photography Historian