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Plateau at Sebastopol

Roger Fenton was one of the world’s first war photographers. Sent by a Manchester, England, publishing firm to record the activities of the British Army during the Crimean War, he arrived in Sevastopol (formerly Sebastopol) on the Black Sea in 1855. He produced 360 images during his nearly four-month stay, including two multiplate panoramas. Since battle scenes were impossible given the long exposure times of early photographic processes, and the extremely difficult conditions Fenton concentrated on landscapes, camp scenes, and portraits of the troops.

Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection includes a portrait of the Officers of the 42nd Highlanders (Eskenazi Museum of Art 79.32) from the same conflict.

Roger Fenton
English, 1819–1869
Plateau at Sebastopol
1855 (published 1856)
Salted paper print
Image/sheet: 8 3/4 x 13 11/16 in. (22.2 x 34.8 cm); mount:14 7/8 x 18 7/8 in (37.8 x 47.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 78.72.5