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On the Rocks, Hampton Beach

A work made of gelatin silver prints.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver prints.




Photographer unknown

About this artwork

After George Eastman introduced the handheld Kodak #1 camera in 1888, amateurs made millions of snapshots depicting friends and family, travels, and festive occasions such as weddings. Even while solidifying such thoroughly conventional behaviors, amateur photography developed a new pictorial language that privileged immediacy, spontaneity, and accident. Career photographers and art historians—but also antiques vendors and flea-market shoppers—have long recognized the value of the “snapshot aesthetic.” The rise of social media and smartphones in recent years has effectively ended the era of the snapshot as both a printed photograph and an image for a private audience.


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Unknown Maker


On the Rocks, Hampton Beach


Hampton Falls (Place depicted)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

Made 1919


Gelatin silver prints


Top image: 5.6 × 9.9 cm (2 1/4 × 3 15/16 in.); Top paper: 6.3 × 9.9 cm (2 1/2 × 3 15/16 in.); Bottom image: 5.7 × 9.9 cm (2 1/4 × 3 15/16 in.); Bottom paper: 6.2 × 9.9 cm (2 1/2 × 3 15/16 in.); Mount: 14 × 10.2 cm (5 9/16 × 4 1/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Peter J. Cohen

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