In 1841 William Henry Fox Talbot patented the first negative-positive photographic process, which formed the basis of photography until the digital age. The photographer placed a piece of paper coated in a solution of light-sensitive silver salts in the camera, exposed it to sunlight, and developed the latent image to produce a negative that could then be printed as multiple positives. Any imperfections in the negative were reproduced in the print. Here the negative’s missing corner was eliminated by cropping. A modern gas lamppost anchors this image of a typical street corner in a British village.
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[...]; (Christie's South Kensington, October 30, 1986, lot 74); Joyce F. Menschel, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery Selections from the Collection 65,".