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Daily Archives: February 24, 2015

Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840 – 1860 Exhibition Tate Britain

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.


Tate Britain: Exhibition
25 February 7 June 2015  Adult £12.00 (without donation £10.90) Concession £10.50 (without donation £9.50)

Talks and lectures

Friday 20 March 2015, 19.0020.00
Friday 17 April 2015, 18.3020.30