“I have captured a shadow!”: William Henry Fox Talbot and the Invention of Photography
In this heavily illustrated lecture, Larry Schaaf will draw on the extensive surviving archives of William Henry Fox Talbot’s original photographs and manuscripts to demonstrate that beyond the act of invention, Talbot learned from what he invented and became the first artist to be trained by photography.
Professor Schaaf is the founder and Director of The Correspondence of William Henry Fox Talbot (http://foxtalbot.dmu.ac.uk) which has mounted full searchable transcriptions of more than 10,000 of Talbot’s letters online. Schaaf is currently in Australia under a grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, examining archives related to British photography that have migrated along with the people.
Professor Larry J Schaaf
Thursday, September 22nd, 6:00pm
Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue, the University of Sydney
Free and open to the public
This lecture is co-presented with the University of Sydney Power Institute.