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Salt and Silver


by Wilson Centre for Photography
Salt and Silver
by Wilson Centre for Photography
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Salt prints are the very first photographs on paper that still exist today. Made in the first twenty years of photography, they are the results of esoteric knowledge and skill. Individual, sometimes unpredictable, and ultimately magical, the chemical capacity to ‘fix a shadow’ on light sensitive paper, coated in silver salts, was believed to be a kind of alchemy, where nature drew its own picture.

Salt and Silver brings together over 100 plates drawn from the Wilson Centre for Photography, accompanied by two roundtable discus- sions with curators, academics, historians and collectors from world renowned institutions. Encompassing many of the great works of the period, the publication includes prints by Edouard Baldus, Louis Blanquart-Evrard, Mathew Brady, Charles Clifford, Louis De Clercq, Maxime Du Camp, Roger Fenton, Jean-Baptiste Frenet, Charles Hugo, David Octavius Hill, Robert Adamson, Calvert Richard Jones, Gustave Le Gray, Henri Le Secq, Charles Marville, Felix Nadar, Charles Negre, Felice Beato, Auguste Salzmann, William Henry Fox Talbot, Felix Teynard and Linnaeus Tripe.

Participants in roundtable conversations include: Simon Baker, Tate; Martin Barnes, V&A; Elisabeth Edwards, De Montfort University; Carol Jacobi, Tate Britain; Hope Kingsley, WCP; Hans Kraus, Hans P. Kraus Jr Inc; Anne de Mondenard, Mediatheque de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Paris; Lori Pauli, National Gallery of Canada; Michael G. Wilson, WCP.

Sample images

Introduction by Simon Baker (Curator, Tate Modern)

196 pages
120 colour plates
28 cm x 23.5 cm
Embossed Softcover with flaps

Publication date: February 2015

ISBN 13
9781910164167
Harper Voyager
Mack
Date Published
2015
Edition
1st
Binding
Softcover
Binding Additional
Embossed Softcover with flaps
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