This unprecedented publication focuses on Talbot's ambitions for the mystical blend of science and art that he termed "photogenic drawing" (later called photography), as outlined in his classic volume The Pencil of Nature.
In addition to some of the familiar icons from photography's beginnings, such as Talbot's cameraless photograms of plant forms and lace, many unseen and little-known experiments with calotypes are featured in this invaluable new volume on the life and work of Talbot.
Lively and insightful texts illuminate the mid-nineteenth-century cultural milieu from which Talbot's vision for photography emerged-a vision that would permanently alter how human beings view themselves and the world. New critical perspectives shed light on Talbot's significance in the history of image-making, the illustrated book, and the history of ideas.
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Bound and printed in Italy, put out by Aperture, this book was published in honor of the 200th anniversary of Fox Talbot's birth. An intimate look athe life and the work of William Henry Fox Talbot, with images reflecting the mystical blend of science and art that infused his invention of photography