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Old Mar 30, 2008, 10:19 AM   #1
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This is from the exhibition at the Fox Talbot museum in Lacock, Wiltshire.It's a copy of one of Fox Talbot's very early silver-salt negative-positive photographic prints, showing his home at Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire.
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...and here are the same windows of the same building, taken in September 2007.

I have images much closer to the original view, but this is one is prettier, and is, I hope,clearly the same unchanged building. It has beautiful gardens, and a fascinating display of the building's long history, as well as the photographic museum.

So the 'then & now' is not the building; it's the nature of the images, which have only in the last few yearsmade the first radical step change from Fox Talbot's concept (if you don't count colour, which is just the same in triplicate).
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This is wonderful Alan, almost 200 years and it still looks beautiful!

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Fantastic, very beautiful photos.
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Alan,

It's hard to believe that just under two hundred yars ago we would belooking at a building that would last two hundred years and an image of it that would last equally long and stir our imagination and perhaps continue to so into the future.

There is more to the history of photography than the old Daugerotype negatives.

Photography, like most inventions of this complexity had an innumerable cast of characters doing their own thing until it all came together as the Kodak Brownie (lots of tongue in cheek here).

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There is more to the history of photography than the old Daugerotype negatives.
The point about Daguerrotypes was that though they were wonderful, nearly indestructible, high resolution images, they weren't reproducible. Fox Talbot's breakthrough was the reproducible (ultimately mass media) image concept, via a negative, using chemistry not very different from current B&W silver photography.

(I'm a research electrochemist who spent a lot of time on innovative methods of getting the silver back.)

We've only just got away fromFox Talbot's concept,with the permanent, infinitely reproducibledigital image (give or take the odd storage medium hiccup). We could even write a jpg file on tablets of stone now, if we had the patience. We'd have to chisel the instructions for how to read it as well.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daguerrotype
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fox_Talbot

This is a wonderful challenge, Selvin!
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