In 1842, “G.J.T.” submitted a paper to the Annals of Electricity, Magnetism and Chemistry; and Guardian of Experimental Science. The author had been inspired by Talbot’s publication of the calotype and Robert Hunt’s subsequent improvements to devise a process of his own. G. J. T. added an iron compound to the formula, yielding a paper that would darken in two or three minutes from the light of a single candle. Nothing else is known of the photographer’s identity or location.
Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007)
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Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012.
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