Trivium Art HistoryHippolyte Bayard

Arrangement of Specimens

Arrangement of Specimens, 1842 — Hippolyte Bayard
27.7 cm21.6 cm

Arrangement of Specimens is an Early Photography, Cyanotype, Paper Photographic Print created by Hippolyte Bayard in 1842. It lives at the The J. Paul Getty Museum in the United States. The image is available via Institutional Open Content, and tagged Specimens. Source

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.

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