William Henry Fox Talbot

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primary sources

An early historical account from the Talbot Correspondence.

Talbot's Correspondence

Talbot, W.H.F English Etymologies (London: J. Murray, 1847)

Talbot, W.H.F. "Contributions toward a glossary of the Assyrian Language" Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society n.s. v.3

secondary sources

William Henry Fox Talbot (Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2002) part of the In Focus series.

Batchen, Geoffrey. William Henry Fox Talbot (London and New York: Phaidon, 2008)

Brusius, Mirjam et.al. William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography (New Haven, Yale University Press, 2013)

Gray, Michael et. al. First Photographs: William Henry Fox Talbot and the Invention of Photography (New York: Powerhouse Books, 2002)

Schaaf, Larry. Out of the Shadows (New Haven, Yale University Press, 1999)

Schaaf, Larry. The Photographic Work of William Henry Fox Talbot (Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2003)

Schaaf, Larry. Sun Pictures III The Harold White Collection of Works by William Henry Fox Talbot (New York: Hans P. Kraus Jr, 1987).

Schaaf, Larry. Sun Pictures VII Photogenic Drawings by William Henry Fox Talbot (New York: Hans P. Kraus Jr, 1995)

Schaaf, Larry. Sun Pictures IX William Henry Fox Talbot: Friends and Relations (New York: Hans P. Kraus Jr, 1999)

Schaaf, Larry. The Photographic Art of William Henry Fox Talbot (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000).

Schaaf, Larry, with introduction by Roger Taylor. Sun Pictures X British Paper Negatives 1839–1864 (New York: Hans P. Kraus Jr, 2001).

Ware, Mike. Mechanisms of Image Deterioration in Early Photographs:The sensitivity to light of WHF Talbot's halide-fixed images 1834-1844 (Bradford: NMPFT, 1988).

Weaver, Mike, ed. Henry Fox Talbot Selected Texts and Bibliography (Boston: G.K. Hall, 1992)

Wilder, Kelley. "William Henry Fox Talbot und 'The Picture which makes itself', in Friedrich Weltzien (ed.), Von Selbst – Autopoietische Verfahren in der Ästhetik des 19. Jahrhunderts (Berlin: Reimer, 2006) 189-197.


Here is a selection from the Metropolitan Museum in New York. A search for Talbot will give you 6 pages of images and I have only chosen a few of my own favourites. Please search for your own and add them here if you like.

Articles of China


Winter Trees


Open Door

Wild Fennel

Cathedral at Orleans

You could also view this exhibition by Larry Schaaf on Luminous Lint

Interesting Facts

Hiroshi Sugimoto recently printed some of Talbot's photogenic drawings and they are on tour with his work called Lightning Fields.

Fox Talbot gets a name-check in XTC's song 'Then She Appeared' (Nonsuch, 1992) written by Andy Partridge.

"Then she appeared, the first photograph on Fox Talbot's gel."

Then She Appeared/XTC on YouTube

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