Salt and Silver: Early Photography, 1840–1860

Event time: 
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 10:00am to Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 5:00pm

This summer, the Center presents an exhibition devoted to salted paper prints, one of the earliest forms of photography and a British invention. Salt and Silver: Early Photography, 1840–1860 features more than one hundred seldom displayed salt prints on loan from the Wilson Centre for Photography in London, providing visitors with an opportunity to see some of the oldest photographs in the world.

The exhibition surveys the first twenty-five years of photography’s evolution through the salted paper process—pioneered by the English scientist and scholar William Henry Fox Talbot (1800–1877) and unveiled in Britain in 1839—examining how, for a short but significant time, Talbot’s scientific and artistic breakthrough created a new visual experience that inspired generations of photographers. The display brings together more than forty of its practitioners, including David Octavius Hill (1802–1870), Roger Fenton (1819–1869), and Robert Adamson (1821–1848), and trace their networks and geographical reach from England into Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, India, and North America.

Second-floor Galleries
(This venue is wheelchair accessible)
Open to: 
General Public
Related exhibition: 
Salt and Silver: Early Photography, 1840–1860