History's Shadow: Hill & Adamson

The painter David Octavious Hill and engineer Robert Adamson teamed up to form Scotland's first photographic studio in Edinburgh. They used the Calotype process, an early paper negative, and photographed portraits of locals, luminaries, landscapes, urban scenes. Apparently, Hill handled the composition and (largely available) lighting and Adamson the camera and delicate paper negative exposure and processing. It was a short-lived partnership (1843-1848) that ended with the untimely death of Adamson from consumption in 1848, but one that produced some stunning results given how new the medium was at the time. More of their work can be found here.

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