Revisiting the Early Days of Photography

There's infinite fascination with the roots of photography. As of today, photography's history runs short, but its young chronicle has much to boast as photographic technology ever goes forward.

Gertrude Käsebier (American, 1852–1934). [Hermine Käsebier Turner with Mason and Mina Turner], ca. 1909. Platinum print. George Eastman Museum, gift of Hermine Turner.; John Moffat (Scottish, 1819–1894). William Henry Fox Talbot, 1864. Carbon print, printed 1948 by harold white. George Eastman Museum, gift of Mrs. Alden Scott Boyer.Louis Ducos du Hauron (French, 1837–1920). [Self‑portrait transformation], ca. 1888. Albumen silver print. George Eastman Museum, gift of Eastman Kodak Company, ex‑collection Gabriel Cromer.

There are many origin stories and dates of photography, but the most known one begins with William Henry Fox Talbot, known as the father of photography. A portrait by John Moffat to Gillian Wearing's "Me as Talbot" in 2013 mimics a portrayal of Talbot with his mousetrap camera. Photography began as a scientific medium and a way to cover the vernacular. Soon it grew to artistic pursuit, commercial enterprise, to the amateur pastime.

A History of Photography runs at the Eastman Museum in New York until April 1, 2018, depicts how photographers refer to the medium, and to themselves, as image markers and seers of the process.

Ilse Bing (American, b. Germany, 1899–1998). Self‑Portrait with Leica, 1931. Gelatin silver print, printed 1985. George Eastman Museum, purchase with funds from the Charina Foundation. © Estate of Ilse Bing; Unidentified maker. [Two girls with photograph album], ca. 1918. Gelatin silver print with applied color and glitter. George Eastman Museum, gift of Joseph R. Struble; Gillian Wearing (British, b. 1963). Me as Talbot, 2013. Gelatin silver print. George Eastman Museum, purchase with funds from the Photography Collection Committee, the Charina Foundation, Kate and Steve Foley, and the Rochester Collectors Circle. © Gillian Wearing; Unidentified maker. [Annotated snapshot], July 1932. Gelatin silver print. George Eastman Museum, gift of Peter J. Cohen.

Images are from the press kit.

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