19th Century British Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada

28 Jun 2013 - 06 Oct 2013

Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton

The “golden age” of British photography – from the mid-1830s to 1900 – saw a flowering of photographic production that captured an astonishing variety of subjects and activities. From the early photographic inventions of William Henry Fox Talbot or Julia Margaret Cameron’s sensuous and Romantic portraits to the glimpses of the harsh realities of urban life in the photographs of Thomas Annan and the lush pastoral scenes of Peter Henry Emerson, many photographs produced during the second half of the 19th century in Britain are now regarded as masterpieces in the history of the medium.

Curated by Lori Pauli, Associate Curator, Photographs, this exhibition features images by some of the medium’s earliest practitioners including William Henry Fox Talbot, Hill and Adamson, O.G. Rejlander, Anna Atkins, Julia Margaret Cameron, Edward Muybridge and Frederick Evans.


William Henry Fox Talbot<br />
<em>The Haystack</em>(detail), April 1844<br />
Salted paper print, 19 x 22.9 cm; image: 16.4 x 21 cm<br />
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

William Henry Fox Talbot
The Haystack(detail), April 1844
Salted paper print, 19 x 22.9 cm; image: 16.4 x 21 cm
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa