Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840 – 1860 Exhibition Tate Britain
February 24, 2015
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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.
25 February – 7 June 2015 Adult £12.00 (without donation £10.90) Concession £10.50 (without donation £9.50)
Talks and lectures
Monday 16 March 2015, 11.00 – 12.30
Friday 20 March 2015, 19.00 – 20.00
Friday 17 April 2015, 18.30 – 20.30