'Coal Heavers', 1887.
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A photograph of men working on board a ship, taken by George Davison [1854-1930] in 1887. Two men carry wicker baskets of coal down a gangplank, whilst a third pulls on a rope. This photograph was probably taken in Lowestoft, the location of much of Davison's early work. George Davison was a noted pictorial photographer and a founder member of The Linked Ring in 1892. From 1897 he was assistant manager of the Eastman Photographic Materials Company, renamed in 1898, Kodak Limited. He became managing director in 1900.