William Henry Fox Talbot and his invention of the 'negative' is the father of medium, and this year, the Science Museum celebrates this remarkable scientific pioneer. The Science Museum owns the most comprehensive body of work by Fox Talbot - over 6,500 items - so you can expect a thorough investigation.
Fox Talbot not only pioneered photographic method, he foresaw its possible uses with remarkable acuity. His writings make clear that he understood that this scientific breakthrough bridged art, science and industry, and that it would change society forever.
And yet, Fox Talbot was not working in a vacuum. For starters, across the pond Daguerre was working on something rather similar - his 'daguerrotype' was a competing discovery. Meanwhile, a little network of photographers had gathered around Talbot, each one taking the medium in a new aesthetic direction. The exhibition will take a look at Fox Talbot contemporaries, too, in order to paint a clearer picture of his own role.
|What||Fox Talbot, Science Museum|
Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD | MAP
|Nearest tube||South Kensington (underground)|
20 Apr 16 – 11 Sep 16, Open daily, from 10am to 6pm
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