See some of the world’s earliest photographs – BBC News

it may not be obvious when looking at these prints that they are over a hundred and sixty years old because they have a kind of a freshness to them that that can draws you in something silver covers the first two decades of Photography so from 1840 roughly to 1860 early American photography is identified as being mostly daguerreotype in fact the salt print and the sort of positive negative but the fact that you can reproduce multiple prints from a single negative that’s really what’s up with Cora photography today you have an image that can travel much further than that one single unique piece of paper can travel and that was real essential to the function of Photography making it possible to be in London or in Paris and yet simultaneously be all around the world in the way that those Empires were reaching all around the world all the in our former private collection in London the one exception israa showing an album from our collection here at Yale we called the Sarah and that Jones album is named after the young woman who compiled it and we’ve included this album art to highlight Mary Dillwyn so she is probably the most well-known woman photographer who worked with the salt print process and this album contains several really remarkable photographs by Mary doing that work like hers is not to Dan albums is one of the reasons why women sometimes get left out of the writing of the history of early photography the other photographers in this exhibition who were male you know their work was produced for a public setting up some kind like either they were published they were being sold or they might have been exhibited in the presence of women in early photography means taking his albums seriously and have on their own terms photography is embedded in everything that we do it’s in our family practices photojournalism science one of the things that makes but the works in this exhibition I think so important is that they show the origin of that kind of embeddedness and the rest of culture and so when you walk through this exhibition I hope people can see that photography is not just part of art it’s part of the history of archaeology it’s part of history of Empire and Colonial governance it’s part of the history of war and journalism about war it’s about all of those histories in there it’s just so much more than art what I want is for people to come in and experience the immediacy of these prints and then reflect upon Ubiquiti photographs in their own lives and understand that there’s a long Rich history to that if you go back and look at your family photos from the 30 40 50 years ago how have they fared they’re fading there discolored probably stored in plastic sleeves in like a bit of the emotion is peeling off I mean it’s like these these prints are there so stunning there in such fine condition I don’t know any other place where you’re going to be able to see more than a hundred about Prince that look like this in one place I mean really extraordinary I think that that will grab people right away it should
Salted paper prints were one of the first forms of photography, a technique unveiled in Britain in 1839.

This innovation is now the subject of a new exhibition in Connecticut, featuring more than 100 seldom-displayed salt prints on loan from the Wilson Centre for Photography in London.

Video by Bill McKenna and Felicia Barr

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