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Photogram by Angela Easterling
A photogram of an orchid by Angela Easterling

Press Release - 15 November 2007

Public lecture: the birth of photography and the art of making photograms

Local people can learn about the history of photography and how a leading artist takes pictures without using a camera at a free public lecture at the University of Bath in Swindon on Wednesday 21 November (5.30-6.30pm).

Roger Watson, Curator of the Fox Talbot Museum in Lacock, will talk about the birth of photography and the fascinating inventions of Fox Talbot and John Herschel that pioneered the medium.

“From his home in Lacock, Fox Talbot made major contributions to the development of photography as an artistic medium, “ said Mr Watson, a well-known writer and lecturer on the history of photography.

“It is for these reasons that Fox Talbot is known as the father of modern photography.

“For his part, John Herschel is known for inventing the cyanotype process which is the precursors of the modern blueprint process.”

Also speaking at the lecture will be photographer Angela Easterling, who will talk about the her work in trying to create photograms - images made by placing objects onto the surface of a photo-sensitive material and then exposing it to light - of critically endangered plants.

Roger Watson has spent the past 30 years working in museums in his native America and in Britain and has been in Lacock, the former home of William Henry Fox Talbot for the past seven years.

Angela Easterling has exhibited at The Fox Talbot Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum and The Photographers’ Gallery. She is also involved in projects with Kew Gardens and The Eden Project.

Admission and parking for the lecture is free and people can just turn up on the evening. The lecture runs from 5.30pm until 6.30pm in the University hall at the Oakfield campus.

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