A photograph by Chambré Hardman of boats moored in the sleepy Mediterranean fishing village of Martigues. Hardman writes it was "A small fishing port on the Etang de Berre, a salt lagoon about 20 miles west of Marseilles". Hardman was enchanted by the Provençal way of life, and took this picture during a visit to Arles, Provence. This picture won Chambré Hardman First Prize in the American Annual of Photography Competition in 1930, and was published in Photograms of the Year in 1927, where they wrote of the photograph; "Sunlight and windy sky, tumbledown houses, the graceful shapes of fishing boats and their reflections form the subject matter of E. Chambré Hardman's impression of the harbour at "Martigues". It is finely welded together in an arrangement of good form, is softly luminous, and the sunshine, undeniably, is expressively conveyed". It also received a gold medal in one of the major London exhibitions. Published in Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury August 1930. Exhibited London Salon 1929. August 1930 he won the first prize of 100 dollars for the photograph in the 10th Annual Exhibition of American Photography organised by the magazine American Photography. Published in Photograms of the Year, 1927.
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