Stephen Horgan's "A Scene from Shantytown, New York"

Stephen Horgan's "A Scene from Shantytown, New York"

First Newspaper Image Using Halftone Printing


In the late 1870s, the halftone process first took hold as an effective method for cheaply and sufficiently printing images. In 1880, the New York Daily Graphic printed Stephen Horgan’s image ‘A Scene from Shantytown, New York’ which was a single-line halftone print and the first newspaper print in halftone relief. At the time, these images were very coarse and grainy in comparison to other printing technologies, however their speed and letterpress compatibility made the halftone relief process ideal for large run newspaper and periodical printing.


Wright, Helena E. “Photography in the Printing Press: The Photomechanical Revolution.”In Presenting Pictures, edited by Bernard Finn. London: Science Museum, 2004.