Photographic Negative (1835)

Photograph of Henry Fox Talbot

In the early 1800's, many techniques were developed to record an image on a light-sensitive material. One of the earliest and most important inventions of this kind was made in 1835 by Henry Fox Talbot, seen above, who created the first photographic negative from which multiple positive prints were made. In 1841 he patented the process and named it "calotype," Greek for "beautiful picture."

CreditImage Credit

[1] Moffat, John. Portrait of Henry Fox Talbot – 1864. Wikimedia Commons. Accessed: 22 July 2010.


[1] William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) and the Invention of Photography | Thematic Essay | Hielbrun Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art. metmuseum.org. 23 Jun 2010
[2] William Henry Fox Talbot (Getty Museum). getty.edu. 23 Jun 2010