[Display of Whitby Seascape Photographs]

Frank M. Sutcliffe British

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 852

"Choose one subject, anything will do," Frank Sutcliffe advised aspiring photographers. If his career-spanning preoccupation with the British seaside town of Whitby seemed myopic to some peers, it allowed him to cultivate a distinctive brand. This typology of seascapes testifies to his years of work along the town harbor, where he weathered storms and punishing wind in pursuit of the perfect view. Pinned up for purchase at an exhibition, his photographs here become products. This rudimentary style of display seems to have served him well; at one such showcase, he counted the Prince of Wales among his customers.

[Display of Whitby Seascape Photographs], Frank M. Sutcliffe (British, 1853–1941), Albumen silver print

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