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The Age of Salt: Art, Science and Early Photography

Exhibition preview

JAMES Hyman is presenting the latest in its series of monographic and thematic exhibitions addressing photographs from the earliest days of the medium. Entitled The Age of Salt: Art, Science and Early Photography it will be on display from February 3 to March 6, 2015.

The exhibition takes as its starting point one of William Henry Fox Talbot greatest works and one of the finest prints outside a museum. Entitled Veronica in Bloom, this exceptional print dates from the very moment in which the birth of phoography was announced.

The exhibition then traces the development of photography both through technical advance and through the forging of a new aesthetic, initially in dialogue with painting and then freed from such a relationship.

These pioneering moments include intimate untrimmed salt prints by Calvert Jones and Edouard Baldus, remarkable salt prints made in Britain, France and Italy and then the evolution of new tehniques including collodion on glass, albumen printing and forms of photomechanical engravings from heliogravures by Charles Negre and Henri le Secq through to photogalvanographs by Roger Fenton.

The Age of Salt: Art, Science and Early Photography anticipates Tate Britain’s exhibition of early salt prints entitled Salt and Silver (February 25 to June 7, 2015) and the Media Space’s Revelations: Experiments in Early Photography (March 20 to September 13, 2015).

James Hyman Gallery is the UK’s foremost commercial gallery for vintage 19th and 20th century photography. It is also a market leader in 20th century British art.

James Hyman Gallery, 16 Savile Row, London, W1S 3PL

Tel: +44 (0)20 7494 3857