David Octavius Hill & Robert Adamson (Scottish, 1802-1870 & 1821-1848)
David Young and another Newhaven fisherman, 1843 or June 1845
Salt print from a calotype negative
15.5 x 11.4 cm on 36.6 x 29.5 cm paper
The plain white background is unusual in Hill & Adamson photographs. Almost always they modulated their backgrounds with props, room settings, or tones caused by out of focus objects. In this photograph, with the fishermen posed against the sea, any detail behind them was simply washed out by the sun.