Digital positive from a calotype negative.
Photo 1194/1 (1).
Photographs can be found across all collection areas of the Library and span the history of the medium from its earliest years.
About the collectionThe Talbot collection, photographs, correspondence and notebooks from the British inventor of photography, William Henry Fox Talbot, is an archive of world importance for the study of the early history of photography, while our holdings of photographically-illustrated books further record its development in the course of the 19th century. The India Office photograph collections are one of the world’s richest sources for photographs of India and other parts of Asia from c. 1850 onwards. A varied and fascinating record of Canadian life can be found in the Canadian copyright collection, which contains some 4,000 photographs registered between 1895 and 1924. The cartographical collections also hold a major series of 19th-century topographical views, while significant material will also be found in our manuscript collections.
While the strengths of the Library’s photograph collections are primarily focussed on the 19th century, important modern material is also held in the Fay Godwin collection and the Kodak historical collection.