James Russell

St Monance, Fife (About 1910)

About this artwork

This glowing picture of a harbour is an autochrome which was one of the first efficient colour processes of photography. It was a comparatively slow and expensive process and a landscape photograph in full sun, like this one, would take a couple of seconds to register. There is no movement in the fishing boats, so this must have been a remarkably still day.

James Russell

James Russell

James Russell was an amateur photographer and member of the Edinburgh Photographic Society. Little is known about him beside the fact that his autochrome transparencies won numerous awards in the years leading up to the First World War.