Vintage Provincetown

Loading the Nets, 1915

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Provincetown Across Time

Provincetown has long captivated the minds of artists, writers and visitors. The fishing culture and unspoiled nature were special draws to photographers in the early 20th century. The images captured in these photographs showcase and celebrate the iconic charm of this period. Our large scale prints of this era are one of a kind.

Our Process

We are always adding new images of Provincetown across the 20th century and all of our prints are large-format. These archival pigment prints are created from the original 4"x5" glass plate negative, producing a timeless, high quality photograph. Our prints do not come framed.

Salting Fish, 1915


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Our Story

Fred Hemley comes from a family with a strong connection to Provincetown, and has a deep appreciation for the history of the town and telling its story through photography. Fred was surrounded by the Provincetown art community from an early age and learned about the town's art history from his grandfather, Donald Witherstine, Director of the Provincetown Art Association (1945-1946) and owner of Shore Studios.  As a young adult, Fred worked alongside renowned photographer, John Gregory, which would inspire a life-long interest in vintage imagery. Fred is also the co-owner and head chef of 9 Ryder Seaside Dining on the Provincetown Marina Wharf.

Visit our restaurant in Provincetown, 9 Ryder Seaside Dining.