Art/ Collection/ Art Object

[Newhaven Fishermen]

Photography Studio:
Hill and Adamson (British, active 1843–1848)
Artist:
David Octavius Hill (British, Perth, Scotland 1802–1870 Edinburgh, Scotland)
Artist:
Robert Adamson (British, St. Andrews, Scotland 1821–1848 St. Andrews, Scotland)
Date:
1843–47
Medium:
Salted paper print from paper negative
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
David Hunter McAlpin Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
46.1.159
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.
E. Weil, London

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 2," May 4, 1993–October 3, 1993.

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