Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph

A fascinating display of photographs taken by the inventor of the medium.

During the 19th century several inventors and experimenters were toying with ways to capture a photographic image. But it was William Henry Fox Talbot's breakthrough discovery of the positive-negative process that proved to be the most significant, forming the basis of the practice for more than 150 years. The Science Museum Group is the custodian of the world's most comprehensive collection of work by Fox Talbot.

This exhibition draws from these incredible holdings to reveal how he was able to establish the medium in Britain, not just as a scientific method but also as an art form. Included are some of his earliest prints – which are on display for the first time – as well as his delicate capturings of natural specimens and portraits he took of his friends and family.

Venue details

Science Museum Exhibition Road London SW7 2DD 020 7942 4000

Entry details

£3.60 with National Art pass (standard entry £7.20)

Daily, 10am  6pm (last entry 5.15pm)
Open until 7pm (last entry 6.15pm) during school holidays

Closed 24  26 Dec

Book online via the Science Museum website