This exhibition chronicles the development of the photographic print from 1839 and Fox Talbot’s early images, through the subsequent decades where the camera changed from a ‘curiosity’ to a scientific tool for accurately recording ancient monuments.
Many examples are on show of the early silver salts prints made by Talbot and the work of the photographers that followed him using the same salt process, rivaled at the time with Louis Daguerre’s distinctly different ‘daguerreotype’ process.
The albumen print invented by Louis-Desire Blanquart- Evrard superseded the salt print after 1851 as the favoured photographic process and the exhibition includes some of this work too.
As the photographic development became ever easier, more photographers experimented with the subject matter and the exhibition chronicles some of this in the development of studio photography.
The show is not large and at £9.50 for students is a bit pricey but is a must for anyone like me who is interested in the old processes.