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Botanical specimens

Photographer: William Henry Fox Talbot (1800 - 77)

'Botanical specimens'

The images were made by laying the botanical specimens on light-sensitive paper and exposing them to sunlight. 

Before Sir John Herschel suggested the use of hypo as a reliable method of fixing prints, Talbot’s early photogenic drawings were ‘stabilised’ by a variety of imperfect methods (including common salt) and remain vulnerable to light. 

Photogenic drawing negatives

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