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Invention of photography – Talbot, 'An oak tree in winter'

Early calotype by Fox Talbot, 1842

The British inventor of photography, William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877), produced his first ‘photogenic drawings’ in 1834 and in the following year made his first camera negative. 

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Nicolaas Henneman asleep, 1844-45

Nicolaas Henneman asleep

Talbot’s manservant Nicolaas Henneman was frequently photographed by him in the early 1840s.

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The interior of the Tuncum, Madurai, South India, 1868 by Lyon

The interior of the Tuncum, Madurai, South India

This view was taken by the professional photographer E. D. Lyon while employed by the Government of Madras to record the architecture of Southern India, a project which lasted several months.

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