— Salt & Silver

The exhibition of rare salt prints opens at Tate Britain on Wednesday 25th February.

This is the first exhibition in Britain devoted to salted paper prints, one of the earliest forms of photography. A uniquely British invention, unveiled by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1839, salt prints spread across the globe, creating a new visual language of the modern moment.

 

This revolutionary technique transformed subjects from still lifes, portraits, landscapes and scenes of daily life into images with their own specific aesthetic: a soft, luxurious effect particular to this photographic process.

 

The few salt prints that survive are seldom seen due to their fragility, and so this exhibition, a collaboration with the Wilson Centre for Photography, is a singular opportunity to see the rarest and best early photographs of this type in the world.

 

Jean-Baptiste Frénet, Horse and Groom, 1855

 

Roger Fenton, Cantiniére, 1855

 

William Henry Fox Talbot, Study of China, 1844

 

Jean-Baptiste Frénet, Women and girls with a doll, circa 1855

 

William Henry Fox Talbot, Plaster Bust of Patroclus, before February 1846

 

D. O. Hill and Robert Adamson, Newhaven fishermen, circa 1845

 

John Wheeley Gough Gutch Abbey Ruins, circa 1858

 

Roger Fenton, Captain Mottram Andrews, 28th Regiment (1st Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot, 1855

 

Via: Tate Britain

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