By the mid 1850s the glass wet collodion negative dominated British commercial photography, but Hugh Owen remained loyal to Talbot's calotype negative process on paper. Owen's calotypes in the 1851 Great Exhibition so impressed the Commissioners that they hired him to record displays in the Crystal Palace. The following year, Owen became a member of the Founding Council of the Photographic Society and contributed regularly to their exhibitions. This poignant image of the tools of commercial oyster fishing embodies a trade that, by this point, was well past its heyday in Bristol's commercial life.
Canon R. T. Cole (1874-1948); Mr. W. L. Venn; family of Reece Winstone FRPS by descent