• The Newhaven Fishwife

David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson’s photograph of Mrs. Elizabeth Johnstone Hall, also known as ‘The Newhaven fishwife’ and ‘A Newhaven beauty’, remains an iconic image within the national collection and occupies a significant position within the history of photography. Dr Dana MacFarlane aims to re-evaluate the image in the context of later interpretation, returning in particular to its significance for the German writer and critic Walter Benjamin.

[Duration 20:23]