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Publication: W H F Talbot: Beyond Photography

William Henry Fox Talbot (1800–1877) was a British pioneer in photography, yet he also embraced the wider preoccupations of the Victorian Age—a time that saw many political, social, intellectual, technical, and industrial changes. His manuscripts, now in the archive of the British Library, reveal the connections and contrasts between his photographic innovations and his investigations into optics, mathematics, botany, archaeology, and classical studies.

Drawing on Talbot’s fascinating letters, diaries, research notebooks, botanical specimens, and photographic prints, distinguished scholars from a range of disciplines, including historians of science, art, and photography, broaden our understanding of Talbot as a Victorian intellectual and a man of science.

The authors: Brusius, Mirjam, Dean, Katrina, Ramalingam, Chitra (Eds.)., William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography, Studies in British Art 23 (New Haven; London: Yale Center for British Art and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in association with Yale University Press, 2013).

With essays by Katrina Dean, Eleanor Robson, Mirjam Brusius, Graham Smith, Larry J. Schaaf, Simon Schaffer, Herta Wolf, Vered Maimon, Anne Secord, Chitra Ramalingam, and June Barrow-Green

Mirjam Brusius is postdoctoral fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University Katrina Dean is a university archivist at Melbourne University. Chitra Ramalingam is postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge.

URL: http://yalepress.yale.edu/book.asp?isbn=9780300179347

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