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Talbot, William Henry Fox 1800-1877

Works: 508 works in 931 publications in 6 languages and 13,154 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Handbooks and manuals  Pictorial works  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc  Bibliography  Catalogs 
Roles: Author, Photographer, Illustrator, Editor, Translator, Honoree, Other, Artist, Former owner, Engraver, Correspondent
Classifications: TR651, 770.92
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The pencil of nature by William Henry Fox Talbot( Book )

81 editions published between 1844 and 2018 in 7 languages and held by 1,110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally published as a serial between 1844 and 1846, The Pencil of Nature was the first book to be illustrated entirely with photographs. Early enthusiast William Henry Fox Talbot hoped to spur public interest in photography but was forced to cease publication after just six installments. In its time, the serial was not a commercial success; however, more than 165 years later, it is recognized as a major contribution to the history of photography. Indeed, it has been said that the importance of this book is comparable to that of the Gutenberg Bible in the history of printing. In 1840 Fox Talbot invented the Calotype process—the precursor to film cameras—transforming everyday subjects into works of art. His twenty-four resulting prints, which include architectural studies, local landscapes, still lifes, close-ups, and even a carefully executed portrait, remain strikingly modern and quietly beautiful. The Pencil of Nature has been published in several different incarnations, yet this edition is the first to have been reproduced from the original plates held in England’s National Media Museum, each page of the original work published here as Fox Talbot had intended. A 44-page illustrated introduction by Colin Harding gives shape to Fox Talbot’s life and times, how he became interested in the notion of a “photogenic drawing” process, how he invented the Calotype, and how he conceived of The Pencil of Nature—the means by which he could show the art of photography to the world for the first time in a book. This is an essential volume for historians, photographers, and anyone interested in the development of photography
The photographic art of William Henry Fox Talbot by Larry J Schaaf( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawn from public and private collections throughout the world, the one hundred color plates are reproduced in the actual size of the originals and in all the subtle hues that comprised Talbot's early work. While a number of Talbot's most famous images are included, many of the photographs are little known and are reproduced in this volume for the first time. They range from Talbot's Lilliputian pre-1839 negatives (made in "mouse trap" cameras) through botanical photograms to mid-1840s calotypes that demonstrate a sure command of the new art. Each plate is discussed in detail, drawing on important new research the author has conducted in preparation for a catalogue raisonne of Talbot's life's work in photography."--Jacket
William Henry Fox Talbot : photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum by J. Paul Getty Museum( Book )

7 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1839 the almost simultaneous announcement of the discovery of photography was made by Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre (French, 1787-1851) in Paris and William Henry Fox Talbot (English, 1800-1877) in London. This volume traces Talbot's picture-making method, which proved to be the basis for later photography. Larry J. Schaaf, an independent photohistorian and research professor at the University of Glasgow and the director of the Correspondence of William Henry Fox Talbot Project, discusses approximately fifty of Talbot's images in the collection of the Getty Museum."--Jacket
William Henry Fox Talbot by Geoffrey Batchen( Book )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and French and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A beautiful monograph on the work of the inventor of modern photography. The father of modern photography, William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-77) developed the process by which photographic images could be reproduced, but he has yet to be sufficiently appreciated as a photographer in his own right. Over his photographic career he made more than 5,000 images which included fascinating pictures of his home Lacock Abbey, portraits of his family and friends, and still-lifes of botanical specimens, cloth and household objects. A key intellectual figure of the nineteenth century working in science, mathematics, astronomy, politics and archaeology, he is arguably the most important figure in the invention of photography. His practice established many of the medium's most familiar genres and he was devoted to the advancement of photography, publishing the first photographically illustrated book, The Pencil of Nature, in 1844-46 to reveal the potential of the medium to a wider audience. This monograph features many of Talbot's best-known landscapes made around Lacock Abbey and some of the first negatives of the ever made, but it also includes lesser-known and previously unpublished work that reveals the extraordinary diverse scope of his work. His photographs reflect and embody the social and cultural issues of the time, but they are also fascinating, often beautiful, images that are still engaging today
Records of the dawn of photography : Talbot's notebooks P & Q by Larry J Schaaf( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the first publication of the two most important notebooks created by William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-77), the inventor of negative/positive photography. Henry Talbot preserved the eighteenth century tradition of the gentleman amateur scientist in the face of increasing professionalization of science and technology in the nineteenth century. He had great powers of imagination and often conceived of things well beyond his present ability to execute. Notebooks P and Q span the period from the first public announcement of photography in 1839 through the 1843 plateau of Talbot's researches. They record both his false starts and his triumphs. While the emphasis is on the new art of photography, there is substantial reference to chemistry, electricity, light, optics and railroad motive power. The notebook pages are reproduced in full, preserving the tempo and organization of Talbot's thoughts, and keeping his sketches in context. A full expanded transcription decodes Talbot's sometimes difficult hand and abbreviations. Extensive notes and scholarly apparatus interpret and establish the context of Talbot's work."--Jacket
A history and handbook of photography by Gaston Tissandier( )

7 editions published between 1878 and 1973 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The wealth of illustrations makes this a very important book. Two photoglyphic engravings by Talbot which represent one of only about four publications with these prints; the Pumphrey plates with his detailed ad help pinpoint the prices charged for collotype printing at this time; the very unusual Amand-Durand relief heliographs of diatoms, a type of printing not usually associated with this firm; and the photogravure by Leitch, who used Garnier's method in England. These coupled with Talbot's and his son's texts regarding photography and photoglyphic engraving, make this a most important work."--Hanson Collection catalog, p. 59
Sun pictures in Scotland by William Henry Fox Talbot( )

6 editions published between 1845 and 1977 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Improvements in photography by William Henry Fox Talbot( )

2 editions published in 1844 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Legendary tales : in verse and prose by William Henry Fox Talbot( )

7 editions published between 1830 and 2009 in English and German and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hikari no jinen = Nature of light by Hiroshi Sugimoto( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of photographs that pay homage to the work of photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot. Titled "Photogenic Drawing", these photographs were printed from paper negatives produced by Talbot 170 years ago. Sugimoto ihas effectively played variations on the original scores provided by Talbot's negatives, transferring to a different medium images that would otherwise disappear and be lost to obscurity. "Lightening Fields" are prints in which the light is burned directly by applying electrical current to the film. The inspiration for this technique comes from "aborted discharge" experiments by Talbot. To create "Lightening Fields", Sugimoto ran electric current directly over the film and printed the results. This series is also related to Talbot inasmuch as it recalls the experiments that he carried out in his scientific work - and eventually discontinued - with electrical discharges
Die haufgehobene Zeit : die Erfindung der Photographie durch William Henry Fox Talbot by Hubertus von Amelunxen( Book )

10 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in German and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

English etymologies by William Henry Fox Talbot( Book )

10 editions published between 1847 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contributions towards a glossary of the Assyrian language by William Henry Fox Talbot( )

7 editions published between 1800 and 1986 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jean Dieuzaide. Hommage à Fox Talbot by Jean Dieuzaide( Book )

3 editions published in 1971 in French and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William H. Fox Talbot, inventor of the negative-positive process by William Henry Fox Talbot( Book )

6 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fox Talbot, photographer by Robert E Lassam( Book )

13 editions published between 1979 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Sun pictures by Jr. (Firm) Hans P. Kraus( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The antiquity of the book of Genesis : illustrated by some new arguments by William Henry Fox Talbot( Book )

5 editions published between 1839 and 2009 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William H. Fox Talbot : ein grosser Erfinder und Meister der Photographie by William Henry Fox Talbot( Book )

4 editions published in 1972 in German and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Henry Fox Talbot by William Henry Fox Talbot( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in French and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

W.H.F. Talbot (1800-1877), inventeur du calotype, publie de juin 1844 à avril 1846 "The pencil of nature" sous forme de fascicules présentant textes et photographies. La traduction des textes est accompagnée d'un texte critique et analytique et d'une partie de sa correspondance concernant l'avancement de son invention et le dépôt de son brevet
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The photographic art of William Henry Fox Talbot
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English (261)

German (31)

French (15)

Italian (8)

Spanish (7)

Japanese (3)

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