Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Correspondence of William Henry Fox Talbot

The Correspondence of William Henry Fox Talbot is a comprehensive and growing searchable online edition of the nearly 10,000 known letters to and from Talbot (1800-1877), the Wiltshire polymath and inventor of photography. The resource is now available through AHDS Visual Arts.
Correspondents include Sir John Herschel, an astronomer and ingenious inventor of photography; Thomas Moore, the wildly popular Irish poet, who provided a different perspective on the new art of photography; New York's Edward Anthony and Philadelphia's Langenheim brothers, important figures in the establishment of the American photographic industry; and Rev. Calvert R. Jones, a Welsh marine painter, who strove to get photography accepted in artistic circles.
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