Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain, 1957

APRIL 1957 – A fisher boat on the Bahia de la Concha, leaves the harbor of Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

It took me a while to find out where this image had been shot almost 65 years ago. It was labeled Donostia-San Sebastian, and it was beautiful, everything about it: the huge castle in the background, the old majestic buildings, the beaches, and the calm water of the Atlantic Ocean.

I was under the impression that the boat was coming home, so I looked for a viewpoint at the western side of the bay, or maybe on the Santa Clara island. But I could not find castle and buildings on the image. Then I realized that this has been shot from the Bateria Santiago which overlooks the harbor and the bay from the eastern side of the bay! The photographer was looking towards south-west, and you can clearly recognize the building where the APSAS (Asociación de Pesca Submarina y Actividades Subacuáticas) resides today. Back in 1957, it was used to dry nets.

A fascinating photo (in my view), because the lifestyle has been very different back then. This is also confirmed by the photo of the fishermen at the harbor that I posted a while ago.

The high resolution image

Capture DateApril 1957
LocationDonostia-San Sebastian, Spain
Image Source7 x 10 cm Print
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4457 x 3119 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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