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Campaign to honour Lacock's Fox Talbot

A recent article which might be of interest to fellow BPH bloggers come from The Wiltshire Times dated 20/2/2010 which reads as follows:

Photographer Trevor Porter has started a campaign to have February 11 called Fox Talbot Day, in memory of the photographic pioneer Henry Fox Talbot who was born on that day in 1800.

Mr Porter organised a dinner for photographers from Wiltshire and beyond at The George Inn in Lacock last Thursday to kick off his campaign. Fox Talbot is considered to be one of the founding fathers of modern photography and 2010 is the 175th anniversary of the year that he created the first photographic negative.

About 45 people attended the dinner, held just before the Fox Talbot museum reopened to the public following a revamp on Saturday. Museum curator Roger Watson also attended. Mr Porter said: “It was a celebration dinner and we hope to have it every year. I would like to see February 11 called Fox Talbot Day in recognition of his importance to modern photography.”

Among the guests at the dinner were Fox Talbot’s great-great-granddaughter Janet Burnett Brown and John Taylor, the great-great-grandson of Joseph Foden, the carpenter who made the first camera for Fox Talbot. The George Inn’s restaurant was built on land that was once Foden’s carpentry workshop.



Photo: Janet Burnett Brown, the great-great-granddaughter of William Henry Fox Talbot, and John Taylor, the great-great-grandson of Joseph Foden, the man who made the first camera, with museum curator Roger Watson in the Fox Talbot corner of The George Inn.
Copyright Trevor Porter/Wiltshire Times

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