Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph

Talbot and Nicolaas Henneman at the Reading establishment, 1846
Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph

18 November 2016 – 8 February 2017 | This exhibition is now closed

“It frequently happens moreover – and this is one of the charms of photography – that the operator himself discovers on examination, perhaps long afterwards, that he has depicted many things he had no notion of at the time.”
– William Henry Fox Talbot, 'The Pencil of Nature', 1844

A major new exhibition on William Henry Fox Talbot, polymath and pioneer of Victorian photography, Dawn of the Photograph showcased one of the world’s most comprehensive and important collections of his work, including original prints from his seminal publication 'The Pencil of Nature'. 

In the nineteenth century, as the industrial revolution boomed, Fox Talbot revolutionised culture and communications by inventing the negative-positive process, a technique that formed the basis of photography around the world for over 150 years and immortalised him as father of the photograph. Talbot’s revolutionary technology, techniques and practices had a huge influence on his contemporary practitioners, including Anna Atkins, Hill and Adamson, and Calvert Jones.

Explore the life and work of the man who defined what was possible in the formative moments of photography.

★★★★ ‘Magical to behold’Time Out   ‘Ground-breaking’ – The Times   ‘Incredible images’ – Daily Mail