The Age of Salt: Art, Science and Early Photography

3 February - 31 March 2015

James Hyman is pleased to present the latest in our series of monographic and thematic exhibitions addressing photographs from the earliest days of the medium.

The exhibition takes as its starting point one of William Henry Fox Talbot's greatest works and one of the finest prints outside a museum. Entitled Veronica in Bloom, this exceptional print dates from the very moment in which the birth of photography was announced.

The exhibition then traces the development of photography both through technical advances and through the forging of a new aesthetic, initially in dialogue with painting and then freed from such a relationship. These pioneering moments include intimate untrimmed salt prints by Calvert Jones and Edouard Baldus, remarkable salt prints made in Britain, France and Italy and then the evolution of new tehniques including collodion on glass, albumen printing and forms of photomechanical engravings from heliogravures by Charles Negre and Henri le Secq through to photogalvanographs by Roger Fenton.

The Age of Salt. Art, Science and Early Photography anticipates the Tate Britain's exhibition of early salt prints entitled 'Salt and Silver' (25 February - 7 June 2015) and the Media Space's 'Revelations: Experiments in Early Photography' (20 March - 13 September 2015).