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Photographing ancient Mesopotamia: Talbot, Fenton and the British Museum

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Photographing ancient Mesopotamia: Talbot, Fenton and the British Museum

Time: October 23, 2009 from 1pm to 2pm
Location: Royal Society Library
Street: 6-9 Carlton House Terrace
City/Town: London, SW1Y 5AG
Website or Map: http://royalsociety.org/
Phone: +44 (0)20 7451 2606
Event Type: lecture
Organized By: Royal Society
Latest Activity: Oct 6, 2009

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Around 1850 A.H. Layard excavated several ancient Mesopotamian sites, the artefacts of which were brought to the British Museum. W. H. Fox Talbot, inventor of the Calotype photographic process and a fellow of the Royal Society, became a strong supporter of the application of photography in archaeology. However, the Museum trustees were not immediately convinced. This talk will explore early debates about the use of photography for research purposes.

Mirjam Brusius, visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin

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