- 3 July to 11 August 2017
- Paul Mellon Centre
This course will explore the aesthetic and political impact of photography on Victorian and Edwardian society. While being anchored in British art history, this exploration will necessarily be international in scope. From the Anglo-Gallic rivalry over the competing methods of early photographic production which were developed by the Englishman Henry Fox Talbot and the Frenchman Louis Daguerre, to the fast-paced spread of the protean image-making technology throughout colonial territories, the tale of British photography during the nineteenth century and beyond is a resolutely global one. This programme aims to harbour an awareness of the diversity of photographic practices, agents and audiences. It will look at how the daguerreotype, the calotype, the wet-plate collodion process, and the eventual development of point-and-shoot dry film all worked in their various ways to transform the nature of art, science, journalism and travel for the nineteenth-century British, as well as for multifarious colonial populations. A consideration of the work of key photographers such as Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Clementina Hawarden, Henry Peach Robinson, Roger Fenton, Felice Beato, Lala Deen Dayal and numerous other commercial and amateur practitioners will enable an assessment of the heterogeneous ways that photographs were produced, consumed and exhibited both within and across boundaries of nationality, class, race and gender.