SALT & SILVER: Early Photography, Opens Nov. 10

This exhibition offers a singular opportunity to see the rarest and best early salt print photographs in the world.

David Octavius Hill, John Henning, c. 1845, Salted paper print, 6 in. x 8 1/8 in., gift of Jane and Michael Wilson

Early Photography 1840-1860

Symposium and opening reception: November 10

Salted paper prints, one of the earliest forms of photography, is a uniquely British invention, unveiled by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1839.  Salt prints spread across the globe, creating a new visual language of the modern moment. This revolutionary technique transformed subjects from still lifes, portraits, landscapes and scenes of daily life into images with their own specific aesthetic: a soft, luxurious effect particular to this photographic process. The few salt prints that survive are seldom seen due to their fragility, and this exhibition is a singular opportunity to see the rarest and best early photographs of this type in the world. The exhibition was recently on view at the Tate Museum in London. Salt and Silver appears at the Williamson through the generosity of Jane and Michael Wilson and the Wilson Centre for Photography.

The Boston Globe‘s Mark Feeney offers an entertaining overview of the exhibition, well worth perusing, here.


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