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Roger Fenton (British, 1819-1969) (Top) Sebastopol from Cathcart’s Hill, (Bottom) Balaklava, Looking Seaward, 1855, salted paper prints, printed 1856, Museum purchase; ex-collection of Alden Scott Boyer, George Eastman House Collection
Originally a barrister, Roger Fenton studied art with Gustave LeGray at the studio of Paul Delaroche in Paris. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, 1849-1851. His book—Photographs of the Crimean War, 1855-1856—consisted of tipped in salted paper prints. Fenton was sent to the Crimea by the British Government in 1855 and brought back the first photographs of a war zone.