Fishing Port, San Sebastian, Spain, 1957 (I)

APRIL 1957 – Fishermen unload their catch at the fishing port of San Sebastian, Spain. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

It’s one of those rare early color prints in our family archive, taken during a trip to Spain in 1957. The relatives also visited San Sebastian close to the Spanish-French border and its harbor. Apparently, these fishermen had just come home, with their boat full of fish. One of the guys is holding a large basket, probably ready for delivery to one of the nearby restaurants. One can almost grasp the action, smell the fish and sense the exhaustion of the fishermen – from just looking at the photo. This makes it a historic photo (in my view), because these times are mostly likely over, and they won’t return.

The photo print has almost completely faded over the 60+ years, and I was surprised that I could restore it to the state you see above. The colors seem to be still somewhat off, but that could also be linked to us being used to the accurcy of modern DSLR cameras. The print is also very soft, so even the high resolution image will not be sharp at all. But, heck, this does not matter for a rare color photo from the 1950s.

The high resolution image

Capture Date17-APR-1957
LocationSan Sebastian, Spain
Image Source7 x 10 cm Color Print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4597 x 3244 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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