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Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860

Taylor, Roger and Schaaf, Larry (2007) Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860. Yale University Press, in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, N.Y., USA. ISBN 0300124058, 9780300124057

Type of Research: Book
Creators: Taylor, Roger and Schaaf, Larry

When photography appeared shortly before 1840, the metal-plate daguerreotype, invented in France, was first to achieve popularity. But the process simultaneously developed in England for capturing an image on a paper negative—from which many positives could be printed—provided the foundation on which photography would build for the next 150 years.

This beautiful book presents more than 120 photographs printed from paper negatives, or calotypes, most never before published. The entire course of the paper negative’s “golden age” is described, from its laborious invention by William Henry Fox Talbot to competition with French photographers and commercial practitioners. Aesthetically ambitious, these richly textured calotypes were created by photographers both eminent and virtually unknown. Also included is an invaluable biographical dictionary of more than 500 British calotypists.

The exhibition and its catalogue reveal a previously unrecognised artistic flourishing of the British Calotype among British photographers working on several continents in the 1840s and 1850s.

Official Website: http://yalepress.yale.edu/book.asp?isbn=9780300124057
Additional Information (Publicly available):

This exhibition catalogue accompanies an exhibition of the same name which was guest curated by Roger Taylor. It opened at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (September 7 – December 31, 2007), National Gallery of Art, Washington (February 3 – May 4, 2008), Musée d’Orsay, Paris (May 26 – September 7, 2008)

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: RAE2008 UoA63
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Yale University Press, in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Communication
Date: 2007
Funders: National Gallery of Art, USA, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2009 00:03
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2013 12:00
Item ID: 1400
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1400

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