Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840 – 1860

Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG
Admission: GBP 10.90 *
(Combined tickets are available with Sculpture Victorious.)
THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER OPEN - it ended on 07/06/2015
Opening Times
Monday: 1000 - 1800
Tuesday: 1000 - 1800
Wednesday: 1000 - 1800
Thursday: 1000 - 1800
Friday: 1000 - 1800
Saturday: 1000 - 1800
Sunday: 1000 - 1800
Closed 24th-26th December. The Late at Tate is hosted some Fridays until 9 pm. Look at calendar for this special evening.
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  • Horse and groom
    © Jean-Baptiste Frénet
  • Newhaven fishermen
    © D. O. Hill and Robert Adamson
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This is the first exhibition in Britain devoted to salted paper prints, one of the earliest forms of photography. 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 so this exhibition, a collaboration with the Wilson Centre for Photography, is a singular opportunity to see the rarest and best early photographs of this type in the world.

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