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South Front of the Kremlin from the Old Bridge
Roger Fenton (English, 1819 - 1869)
Salted paper print from a paper negative
18.4 x 21.4 cm (7 1/4 x 8 7/16 in.)
Towers, walls, and turrets recede into the distance as far as the eye can see. The strong diagonal
In September 1852, Fenton-who had only taken up photography a few months earlier-traveled to Russia with an acquaintance who was constructing a bridge for Czar Nicholas I. Perhaps recognizing that he was one of the first photographers to train his camera on Russia, Fenton made views of Moscow and St. Petersburg, capturing the distinct architectural character of each city. The cityscapes in this series are the earliest surviving photographs of Russia.
All the Mighty World: The Photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852 - 1860 (October 17, 2004 to January 2, 2006)
- National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), October 17, 2004 to January 2, 2005
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 1 to April 24, 2005
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), May 24 to August 21, 2005
- Tate Britain, (London), September 21, 2005 to January 2, 2006