'Workers on the Silent Highway', 1877.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

'Workers on the Silent Highway', 1877.

Thomson, J (John)

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Photograph produced using the Woodburytype proces of two workers on the deck of a barge on the River Thames, taken from 'Street Life in London' (London, 1877) written by Adolphe Smith with photography by John Thomson (1837-1921). The aim of this book was stated as 'to bring before the public some account of the present condition of the London street folk, and to supply a series of faithful pictures of the people themselves'. It is one of the first examples of photography used as social documentary.



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