ROGER FENTON Crimean War: Plateau Before Sabastapol, Turkish Tents in the distance, 1855

ROGER FENTON (1819–1869)

Roger Fenton studied law in London and painting in Paris. He founded the Photographic Society in 1853; was appointed the first official photographer of the British Museum in 1854; achieved recognition for his photographs of the Crimean War in 1855; and excelled throughout the decade as a photographer in all the medium’s genres—architecture, landscape, portraiture, still life, reportage, and tableau vivant.