Virtual reality and photography have been merged in interesting ways before. But artist Mat Collishaw has decided to combine them with history and recreate the world’s first major photography exhibition. He uses VR technology to recreate William Henry Fox Talbot’s exhibition from 1839. This allows visitors not only to experience the sights, but also sensations and sounds which followed the original exhibition from 1839.
Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph opened at Media Space, part of the Science Museum, in London last week. Using a mixture of images, artefacts, letters, and publications, the exhibition charts the development of photography by William Henry Fox Talbot against the backdrop of his contemporaries. For anyone with a smidgen of interest in the history or science of photography, it’s a must-see exhibition.
As I wandered about the exhibition, getting high on its heady mix of photography and history, it occurred to me that a crib sheet of the early photographic processes, detailing their steps and requirements as well as their progress and their pitfalls, would be a useful article. So here you have it: from daguerreotype to tintype, an ABC of early photography.