'Cottage on the Heights of Kief, Above the Dnieper', 1852.
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Photograph by Roger Fenton (1819-1869) of rural buildings beside a sunken road, near Kiev on the River Dnieper or Dnepr, (formerly in Russia but now in the Ukraine). Roger Fenton accompanied his friend Charles Vignoles, an engineer, on a trip to Russia. Vignoles was building a suspension bridge across the Dnieper. Fenton was at the beginning of his photographic career and returned with salted paper print views of Kiev, Moscow and St Petersburg. He was a founding member of the Royal Photographic Society and one of the most influential photographers of the 1850s. He is best known as one of the first war photographers, from his work in the Crimea in 1855.