Roger Fenton (British, 1819-1969) (Top) Sebastopol from Cathcart’s Hill, (Bottom) Balaklava, Looking Seaward, 1855, salted paper prints, printed 1856, Museum purchase; ex-collection of Alden Scott Boyer, George Eastman House Collection
Originally a barrister, Roger Fenton studied art with Gustave LeGray at the studio of Paul Delaroche in Paris. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, 1849-1851. His book—Photographs of the Crimean War, 1855-1856—consisted of tipped in salted paper prints. Fenton was sent to the Crimea by the British Government in 1855 and brought back the first photographs of a war zone.
Lewis Hine (American, 1874-1940) Skiing Lesson, ca. 1930, negative, Transfer from Photo League Lewis Hine Memorial Committee, ex collection Corydon Hine, George Eastman House Collection
William Henry Fox Talbot (British, 1800-1877) Lace, ca. 1845, salted paper print, Gift of Dr. Walter Clark, George Eastman House Collection
We interrupt our Olympic themed postings to celebrate the birthday of William Henry Fox Talbot, who was born on February 11, 1800 in Dorset, United Kingdom. Talbot is one of the inventors of photography and is known for developing the negative/positive process.
William M. Van der Weyde (American, 1870-1929) Ice Skating, ca. 1900, negative, gelatin on glass, Gift of New York Public Library, George Eastman House Collection