Photo Culture #14: Francis James Mortimer

This photo, known as The Wreck (of the Arden Craig), was taken in 1911 by Francis James Mortimer off the Isles of Scilly, west of Cornwall. Mortimer was a pioneer of pictorial photography and he focused his pictures about sea scenes, the set of great part of his production. In this photo he captured the shipwreck Arden Craig, a three-masted wheat ship that crashed into rocks due the fog. In 1911 take photos outside studios was really difficult, cameras were heavy and shoot on a boat must be very hard, this is just to understand how great is Mortimer’s work.


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