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"A Fern," Leucotype direct positive, Sept. 1840 by William Henry Fox Talbot

Camera used by William Henry Fox Talbot, about 1840

William Henry Fox Talbot Paper Negative
1839

A photogenic drawing of a branch with leaves
This experimental paper negative of a branch and its leaves was made by William Henry Fox Talbot in July 1839. A pioneer in the development of photographic processes, Talbot mastered the negative-to-positive process now used in photography. The Englishman published details of his method--which he called "photogenic drawing"--on January 25, 1839, eight months before the public announcement of the daguerreotype process invented by France's Jacques Louis Mande Daguerre.

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William Henry Fox Talbot, born February 11, 1800, Melbury Abbas, Dorset, England; died September 17, 1877, Lacock Abbey, near Chippenham, Wiltshire, England
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