David Octavius Hill & Robert Adamson

Scottish photographers David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson worked together in the mid-1840’s. Hill was a painter-lithographer based in Edinburgh, who became interested in photography having been commissioned to paint a commemorative composition of hundreds of Church ministers. Adamson was a master of the calotype process. Together they eventually produced nearly 3000 paper negatives consisting of portraits, landscapes, and scenes of local life which are some of the earliest documentary photographs ever taken.

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