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Arrangement of Specimens, 1842 — Hippolyte Bayard, The J. Paul Getty Museum

Arrangement of Specimens

Hippolyte Bayard, 184227.7 x 21.6 cm

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By exposing photosensitive paper soaked in iron salts to light, Hippolyte Bayard created some of the first direct positive prints — beautiful impressions of ferns and lace laid. Sadly, Sir John Herschel invented the Cyanotype the same year, stealing yet another photography milestone from the unlucky Bayard.

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Submitted by: Reed Enger
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The second person to invent photography.

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