/ by Sarah Jamison

   William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) invented the calotype (Greek: meaning beautiful), a new way to fix images on paper. This image is from his 1844 book “Pencil of Nature”, a promotional book he used to demonstrate the various ways of photography. In less than a decade, Talbot brought a new way of making pictures, perfected the optical and chemical aspects of photography for complex images for botanists, historians, travelers, and artists.

William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) invented the calotype (Greek: meaning beautiful), a new way to fix images on paper. This image is from his 1844 book “Pencil of Nature”, a promotional book he used to demonstrate the various ways of photography. In less than a decade, Talbot brought a new way of making pictures, perfected the optical and chemical aspects of photography for complex images for botanists, historians, travelers, and artists.