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FIRST PHOTOGRAPHS WILLIAM HENRY FOX TALBOT & THE BIRTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Michael Gray, Arthur Ollman & Carol McCusker ed.

Powerhouse Books, 2003
Hardcover
143 pages
Sepia duotones.
ISBN: 9781576871539

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First Photographs is an extraordinary eyewitness to the origins of modern photography. This landmark book - the only monograph on Talbot to be supported by the curator of the Fox Talbot Museum - includes many never-before published images of landscapes, architectural studies, and portraiture from Talbot's personal archive and selections from his detailed research notebooks made during the 1830s and 1840s.

Talbot's greatest achievement was the discovery of the negative-to-positive paper process, which made mulitple reproductions of a single image possible, and which distinguished this process from its contemporary, the one-of-a-kind daguerreotype. In addition to his technological contributions, Talbot's own photographs represent exceptional and prescient artistic achievemenet.

This publication provides a very rare opportunity for contemporary audiences to experience these uncommon images and the personal, cultural and scientific contexts in which they were made.

 

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