Frank Meadow Sutcliffe was born in Leeds soon after the birth of photography, but it was his time spent in Whitby that placed him among the greats. Capturing a way of coastal life as it had been lived for generations but would soon be no more, his pictures are among the most vivid records of late Victorian and Edwardian Yorkshire.
Exposed on to glass plates in a large mahogany camera, they were sometimes posed yet somehow entirely natural, and stand as early examples of the “documentary” school of picture taking. They were considered remarkable even in their day, and Sutcliffe was hailed as one of the first true artists of the medium.
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