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A Scene in York by William Henry Fox Talbot

William Henry Fox Talbot
British, 1800-1877
A Scene in York
Salt print from paper negative
18.7 x 22.7 cm
Acquired by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1999

Talbot's atmospheric view of York Minster rising above Lop Lane dates from the mid-1840s, the crucial decade in which photography rapidly advanced both in France and England from its earlier experimental origins. As the English inventor of positive-negative photography and the holder of a patent on his process, Talbot sought to demonstrate the advantages of his medium in a variety of genres, including architectural and landscape views, portraiture, and still life. When Talbot and his collaborator, Calvin Jones, visited York in 1845, their photographic activities aroused much interest among passers-by who were unwitting eyewitnesses to a revolution in art and science.