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

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 early color prints in our family archive, taken during a trip to Spain in 1957. The relatives stopped in San Sebastian close to the Spanish-French border and its harbor. Apparently, the harbor was pretty busy that morning. Boats were coming unloading their catch and leaving once done.

It’s an interesting historic photo (in my view), because these times are mostly likely over, and they won’t return.

However, the place itself has remained almost unchanged over the decades, and modern technology helps finding the changes. The first image below shows a screenshot of Google Streetview, created in October 2013. I’d say, it’s exactly the same position as back in 1957. The stairs leading into the water are there, the houses surrounding the harbor are there, even the clock at the top of the catholic church Capilla San Pedro Apostol (the building right above the blue boat) is still in operation today. Amazing. But some change has come to San Sebastian, too, since 2013. The latest satellite images from 2022 show that piers have been added to provide more space for smaller boats and yachts. What’s more, the walkway between the stairs and the building now shows – a barcode! It’s clearly visible in Google Maps (see link below.)

By the way, the original color print has almost completely faded over the 60+ years. I’ve added the original (color calibrated) scan below, and I was really surprised that I could restore it at least to the state you see above. The corrected colors seem to be still off, and the lack of sharpness is really sad. But to me, this does not matter for a rare color photo from the 1950s.

Google Streetview image of the harbor of San Sebastian in Spain. © 2013 by Google, Inc.
Color calibrated scan of the 7 x 10 cm print showing fishermen unloading their catch at San Sebastian, Spain, in 1957. © Mark Zanzig/

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 Dimensions4321 x 3055 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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