Sebastopol from the Mortar Battery, c 1855.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Photograph by Roger Fenton (1819-1869). Sebastopol was a major Russian naval base in the Crimean War (1853-1856). In 1855, Roger Fenton was commissioned (with royal sanction) by the publisher Thomas Agnew to photograph the Crimean War. This was the first extensive documentation of a war, with over 350 images produced. However, some do not see Fenton as a true war photographer as he only took photographs that would give a positive image of the war.