Salt and 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.

Linnaeus Tripe, Puthu Mundapum, View of the Nave. Trimul Naik’s choultry, 1858, salted paper print from glass plate negative, courtesy of the Wilson Centre for Photography

Early Photography 1840-1860

Opening Reception: November 10, 7-9 p.m.
Williamson Gallery, Scripps College

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.


Salt and Silver Symposium

Saturday, November 10, 3-4:30 p.m.
Humanities Auditorium, Scripps College


Hope Kingsley, Wilson Centre of Photography, London: “An Introduction to Salt and Silver

Chitra Ramalingam, Assistant Curator of Photography, Yale Center for British Art:
“Knowing the World Through Early Photographs”

Kathleen Stewart Howe, Sarah Rempel and Herbert S. Rempel ’23 Director of the Pomona College Museum of Art and Professor of Art History: “Paper Photography’s Identity Crisis”


Locations listed are on the Scripps College campus. The map of the campus can be accessed here.


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