[James Linton]

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[James Linton]


Hill & Adamson (Scottish, active 1843 - 1848)


1843 - 1847


Salted paper print from a Calotype negative


20.2 x 14.6 cm (7 15/16 x 5 3/4 in.)

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The fisherman James Linton leans against a boat in a casual position. Unable to show him at sea, David Hill and Robert Adamson skillfully surrounded Linton with the attributes of his job, in much the same way they employed books in their portraits of ministers.

Hill and Adamson made a series of acclaimed portraits featuring the men, women, and children of the small fishing village of Newhaven, one mile north of Edinburgh. Arguably the first examples of social documentary photographs ever made, these approximately 130 images dealt with everyday life. The natural appearance of the people suggests that Hill and Adamson earned the trust and cooperation of the fisherfolk.

Experimental Photography: Discovery and Invention (January 17 to April 2, 1989)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), January 17 to April 2, 1989
Light in the Darkness: The Photographs of Hill and Adamson (July 20 to October 22, 1999)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 20 to October 10, 1999

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 7th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007), p. 289, ill.