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Sebastopol from the Mortar Battery, c 1855.

Fenton, Roger

Sebastopol from the Mortar Battery, c 1855.
2 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 16cm


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.

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