Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph

National Science and Media Museum

18 November 2016 – 8 February 2017

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. 

This exhibition draws from the Science Museum Group's 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 information

Opening times

Daily, 10am – 6pm

Closed 25 Dec

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