Light

Some Account of the Art of

PHOTOGENIC DRAWING

or the process by which

NATURAL OBJECTS

may be made to delineate themselves without the aid of the artist’s pencil.

The title is paraphrased from a brochure published in 1839 by William Henry Fox Talbot.

It was the world’s first separate publication on photography, and in it Fox Talbot described how he placed objects on silver nitrate or silver chloride paper, exposed them to light, then fixed the images with ammonia or potassium iodide. He called the results Photogenic Drawings: today we would call them Photograms.

This work is an ongoing exploration of a particularly Victorian concept – “a time when Nature, Truth and Beauty were understood to be closely intertwined”.

With special thanks to Albert Renger-Patzsch and Carl Struwe.

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