Female fish-gutters on the quayside, Whitby, North Yorkshire, c 1900s.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
Women gutting fish which are then packed into barrels with salt. Photographer Frank Meadow Sutcliffe (1853-1941) is best known for his turn-of-the-century portrayals of small sea-town fisherfolk and farmers. Although the photographic technology of the time dictated that his portraits had to be staged, he still managed to breathe an air of spontaneity into his work.