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William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond photography

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William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond photography

Time: June 24, 2010 at 5pm to June 26, 2010 at 4pm
Location: CRASSH, University of Cambridge
Street: Mill Lane
City/Town: Cambridge
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Event Type: conference
Organized By: Mirjam Brusius, Chitra Ramalingam and Katrina Dean
Latest Activity: Feb 20, 2010

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William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) is remembered primarily as a photographic pioneer and influential early voice on photographic aesthetics, but his activities as a Victorian intellectual and “gentleman of science” ranged widely across the natural sciences, classical scholarship and Assyriology. This interdisciplinary conference will approach Talbot’s work with this wider perspective in mind, bringing together art historians, curators, historians of science, and practitioners of the many scholarly fields to which Talbot contributed. It will situate Talbot against the networks and institutions of Victorian intellectual enterprise, while raising basic questions about the relation between photography and these other fields.

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