History of Photography


Introduction. History of Photography (Encyclopaedia Britannica)

A World History of Photography (by Naomi Rosenblum)

The Story Behind the Pictures 1827-1991 (by Hans-Michael Koetzle)

Photographers' Dictionary.
(based on "20th Century Photography - Museum Ludwig Cologne")


 

 



Photographers' Dictionary

(based on "20th Century Photography-Museum Ludwig Cologne")

 
 

 

 

 

William Henry Fox Talbot

(b Melbury, Dorset, 11 Feb 1800; d Lacock Abbey, Wilts, 17 Sept 1877).

English photographer, inventor and scientist. He was educated at Harrow School and the University of Cambridge and was an outstanding scholar and a formidable mathematician. His scientific interest in nature and natural phenomena, including botany and horticulture, was complemented by studies of Assyriology, etymology and the Classics. Talbot published well over 50 scientific papers and took out 12 English patents; he became a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society at the age of 22 and a Fellow of the Royal Society when he was only 31. Although a gentleman, he was neither a great landowner nor exceptionally rich by the standards of the day. He took over the ancestral home, Lacock Abbey, Wilts, in 1826 and married Constance Mundy in 1832; they had three daughters and a son. Talbot briefly became MP for Chippenham, but he did not pursue a Parliamentary career. He was a shy and reticent man, but he was not the cold, grasping figure portrayed by some historians. He was greatly admired by those who knew him well, and he was loved and respected by family and friends.
 

        Flowers, Leaves, and Stem. c. 1838

 

Solar Photo-Micrograph, Transverse Section Stem. 1839

 

The Game Keeper. c. 1843

 

Cloisters, Lacock Abbey. 1843

 

Courtyard Scene. c. 1844

 

Pantheon. 1843

 

Lace. c. 1844

 

The Open Door, 1843

 

Ships at Low Tide. c. 1844

 

Nicolaas Henneman, Asleep. c. 1844-45

 

The Ladder. 1845

 

Henrietta Horatia Maria Feilding. c. 1845

 

The Haystack. 1844-45

 

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