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Early Photography
Nature's pencil: light!

Early Photography, Industrial Revolution
View from the Window at Le Gras, Nicéphore Niépce

View from the Window at Le Gras Nicéphore Niépce, 1826

View from the Window at Le Gras, Nicéphore Niépce

View from the Window at Le Gras Nicéphore Niépce, 1826

The examples that I have the honor of presenting are the first results of my extensive research on the manner of fixing the image of objects by the action of light.

Heliography: Designs and Engravings Nicéphore Niépce, 1827

Light acts chemically upon bodies. It is absorbed, it combines with them, and communicates new properties. Such, in a few words, is the principle of the discovery.

Description of Heliography (with notes by Louis Daguerre) Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, Nicéphore Niépce, 1829

Numerous experiments made by the author prove that light cannot fall upon a body without leaving traces of decomposition on the surface upon which it impinges.

Modifications and Improvements to N. Niepce Process of Heliography Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, 1829

L’Atelier de l'artiste, Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre

L’Atelier de l'artiste Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, 1837

Boulevard du Temple, Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre

Boulevard du Temple Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, 1838

Buckler Fern, William Henry Fox Talbot

Buckler Fern William Henry Fox Talbot, 1839

Self-portrait, Robert Cornelius

Self-portrait Robert Cornelius, 1839

The Bertoloni Album, William Henry Fox Talbot

The Bertoloni Album William Henry Fox Talbot, 1839

The Oriel Window, South Gallery, Lacock Abbey, William Henry Fox Talbot

The Oriel Window, South Gallery, Lacock Abbey William Henry Fox Talbot, 1835 – 1839

Windmills, Montmartre, Hippolyte Bayard

Windmills, Montmartre Hippolyte Bayard, 1839

Detail of the Cloisters at Lacock Abbey, William Henry Fox Talbot

Detail of the Cloisters at Lacock Abbey William Henry Fox Talbot, 1840

Self-Portrait as Drowned Man, Hippolyte Bayard

Self-Portrait as Drowned Man Hippolyte Bayard, 1840

View of intersection of Eighth Street and Market Street, Philadelphia, Robert Cornelius

View of intersection of Eighth Street and Market Street, Philadelphia Robert Cornelius, 1840

Arrangement of Specimens, Hippolyte Bayard

Arrangement of Specimens Hippolyte Bayard, 1842

Bust of Patroclus, William Henry Fox Talbot

Bust of Patroclus William Henry Fox Talbot, 1843

The plates of the present work are impressed by the agency of Light alone, without any aid from the artist's pencil.

Brief Historical Sketch of the Invention of the Art William Henry Fox Talbot, 1846

Lace Glove, Hippolyte Bayard

Lace Glove Hippolyte Bayard, 1843 – 1846

Abolitionist Button, Early Photography

Abolitionist Button 1850

Portrait of Charles Baudelaire, Félix Nadar

Portrait of Charles Baudelaire Félix Nadar, 1855

Madonna with Children, Julia Margaret Cameron

Madonna with Children Julia Margaret Cameron, 1864

Revolving Self Portrait, Félix Nadar

Revolving Self Portrait Félix Nadar, 1865

Portrait of Julia Jackson, Julia Margaret Cameron

Portrait of Julia Jackson Julia Margaret Cameron, 1867

Portrait of Sir John Herschel, Julia Margaret Cameron

Portrait of Sir John Herschel Julia Margaret Cameron, 1867

Portrait of Charles Darwin, Julia Margaret Cameron

Portrait of Charles Darwin Julia Margaret Cameron, 1868

The Horse in Motion, Eadweard Muybridge

The Horse in Motion Eadweard Muybridge, 1878

The Darned Club, Alice Austen

The Darned Club Alice Austen, 1891

Trude & I, Masked, Short Skirts, Alice Austen

Trude & I, Masked, Short Skirts Alice Austen, 1891

Group Apparatus, Alice Austen

Group Apparatus Alice Austen, 1893

Amos Two Bulls — Profile, Gertrude Käsebier

Amos Two Bulls — Profile Gertrude Käsebier, 1900

Wife of American Horse, Dakota Sioux, Gertrude Käsebier

Wife of American Horse, Dakota Sioux Gertrude Käsebier, 1900

In Memoriam, Edward J. Steichen

In Memoriam Edward J. Steichen, 1902

Portrait of Evelyn Nesbit, Gertrude Käsebier

Portrait of Evelyn Nesbit Gertrude Käsebier, 1901 – 1902

The Manger, Gertrude Käsebier

The Manger Gertrude Käsebier, 1903

Moonlight, The Pond, Edward J. Steichen

Moonlight, The Pond Edward J. Steichen, 1904 – 1906

Rodin & The Thinker, Edward J. Steichen

Rodin & The Thinker Edward J. Steichen, 1900 – 1906

The Flatiron, Edward J. Steichen

The Flatiron Edward J. Steichen, 1904 – 1909

Victory Arch and Flatiron Bldg, Early Photography

Victory Arch and Flatiron Bldg 1919

Isadora Duncan in the Parthenon, Edward J. Steichen

Isadora Duncan in the Parthenon Edward J. Steichen, 1921

Untitled, Aleksandr Rodchenko

Untitled Aleksandr Rodchenko, 1929

Lumber, Aleksandr Rodchenko

Lumber Aleksandr Rodchenko, 1930

Pioneer with a Bugle, Aleksandr Rodchenko

Pioneer with a Bugle Aleksandr Rodchenko, 1930

Next Movement
Barbizon School, Industrial Revolution

Barbizon School

A small village in France, a gathering of artists.

1830 – 1870

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