David Octavius Hill (British, Perth, Scotland 1802–1870 Edinburgh, Scotland)
Robert Adamson (British, St. Andrews, Scotland 1821–1848 St. Andrews, Scotland)
Salted paper print from paper negative
David Hunter McAlpin Fund, 1946
Not on view
Made by the painter David Octavius Hill and the chemist-photographer Robert Adamson in the first year of their brief but prolific partnership, this study of fishermen is one of some 130 images that show the inhabitants of a fishing village near Edinburgh, Scotland. The series, entitled The Fishermen and Women of the Firth of Forth, constitutes the first sustained use of photographs for a social documentary project. This photograph was printed from a paper negative using the chemical and optical process invented by William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877), which allows an artist to produce any number of prints from a given negative.