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Early 1840s
William Henry Fox Talbot

William Henry Fox Talbot (1800–1877) produced his first photographs without a camera in the early 1840s by placing objects on a photosensitive surface to obtain what he called “photogenic drawings”, images in which the artist’s pencil played no part whatsoever. Sunlight acted on the exposed parts, thus causing the forms hidden beneath the object during the exposure time to appear as a negative image. After performing this experiment with the leaves of numerous plants with a view to a classification of botanical species, Talbot also made photogenic drawings of lace, where the material and its interplay of transparency are captured in all their delicacy. He thus hoped to help industry by providing models for reproduction.

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: APF

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: APF

Artist: William Henry Fox Talbot
Title: Lace
Geography: United Kingdom (?)
Date: Early 1840s
Medium: salted paper print from a photogenic drawing
Classification: photography
Dimensions: 23 x 18.8 cm
Inventory number: LAD 2011.181
Contact for images: [email protected]
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