Records of the Dawn of Photography: Talbot's Notebooks P & Q

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9780521440516: Records of the Dawn of Photography: Talbot's Notebooks P & Q

This is the first publication of the two most important notebooks created by William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877), the inventor of negative/positive photography. 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. This book will fascinate anyone interested in the history of science or technology.

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William Henry Fox Talbot(1800-1877) was the inventor of photography. This book reproduces in full facsimile and transcription his two most important research notebooks, covering the period from the first public announcement of photography in 1839 to the height of his researches in 1843. They have never before been published and have previously been accessible only to a limited number of scholars. In addition to being important documentary evidence about the invention of photography, these notebooks dramatically illustrate the workings of a highly creative mind. In addition to photography, Talbot interspersed topics as diverse as chemistry, electricity, light, optics and railroad motive power. Most of Talbot's writing can be understood by the non-specialist. Extensive notes explain difficult point and place his work in the context of 19th century invention.

Review :

"...provides a fascinating glimpse into the mind of William Henry Fox Talbot, one of the inventors of photography." Chemical Heritage

"...anyone interested in the process of scientific and technological production will enjoy browsing through this book." Iwan Rhys Morus, Isis

"...this expertly annotated facsimile edition of Talbot's notebooks provides an excellent written resource for historians of 19th-century science, especially those interested in the early years of photographic technology." Elspeth Brown, Technology and Culture

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