Exhibition

Silver, Salt, and Sunlight
Early Photography in Britain and France

February 7–September 3, 2012
Herb Ritts Gallery (Gallery 169)

Celebrate the golden age of early photography

The invention of photography in 1839 was a pivotal achievement that changed the course of cultural history. The early years of the medium were rich in experimentation. As each process and technique was invented, artists enthusiastically explored new possibilities for visual recording and expression. This exhibition celebrates the golden age of early photography in France and Britain, the two countries in which the medium was simultaneously invented.

Arranged according to theme and exploring a range of photographic approaches, “Silver, Salt, and Sunlight” features some rare early photographs from the Museum's collection. Among the photographic pioneers included are William Henry Fox Talbot, Hill and Adamson, Roger Fenton, Edouard Baldus, Gustave Le Gray, Nadar, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Francis Frith.

In the News

2/10/12 The Boston Globe "Silver, Salt and Sunlight Makes the Miraculous Monumental" by Mark Feeney
1/28/12 Salon.com "Postcards from the Dawn of Photography"

Sponsors

Presented with support from the Patricia B. Jacoby Exhibition Fund.