Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph

The exhibition at Media Space, Science Museum, tells the story of the invention of the negative-positive process, and the transformation of photography.  Talbot’s revolutionary experiments and invention see him presented as the father of the photograph.   The exhibition is informative, shows a wealth of important works from the collection and demonstrates Talbot’s ambitions and mission, as well as the work of some of his contemporaries including Anna Atkins, Louis Daguerre, Hill and Anderson and Clavert Jones.  The display reveals the extent and impact of Talbot and includes the first publication illustrated by photographs, his Pencil of Nature, and his iconic, seminal early masterly works from the 1840s.   The Science Museum presents the invention and subsequent work as science, industry and art innovation and the narrative as the indexical capture of nature and document.

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