Talk:Henry Fox Talbot

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Photos by Talbot[edit]

Wouldn't it be possible to upload some Talbot's photos? The artice certainly needs some for illustration.  Pt (T) 21:30, 5 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Apparently, two have been added. Pinkville 16:24, 10 November 2006 (UTC)


How is his surname pronounced? 12:59, 27 July 2007 (UTC) His surname is pronounced as how it's said (tal-bot) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:19, 27 March 2011 (UTC)

Family Name[edit]

It is my understanding that his family name is Talbot, not Fox Talbot, and so it is appropriate to include this article in the Talbot disambiguation page. Juicifer451 (talk) 10:54, 9 June 2008 (UTC)

William Fox Talbot and Electronic Flash Lighting[edit]

William Fox Talbot was the first to demonstrate the concept of flash photography in 1851. He attached a newspaper clipping to a spinning wheel and in a darkened room exposed this subject with a single flash of light produced from the and electrical spark charged by Leyden jars. In an uncanny twist of fate, in the summer of 2008 the entire Fox Talbot Bertolini Album of photogenic drawings (created in 1839) was photographed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art using custom built LED flash lighting systems developed by Scott Geffert of Center for Digital Imaging Inc. [[1]] As these early examples of the photographic process were never fixed, they remain light sensitive to this day. Exposure to light, even gallery light will cause them to fade or in some cases darken. Engineering lighting designed to limit the exposure to visible light as well as UV and iR radiation, allowed these images to be digitally photographed in an effort to preserve the album for future generations. These images can be seen at The Metropolitan Museum of Art web site. —Preceding unsigned comment added by CDINY (talkcontribs) 02:24, 12 January 2010 (UTC)

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Science and Optics section etc[edit]

I have expanded the brief section to include some of Talbots achievements elsewhere in science and maths. I have also added his FRS in the integral calculus and work in etymology. The patent section is partisan so I have amended where necessary. (talk) 12:27, 21 December 2017 (UTC)

Reading studio picture[edit]

I have deleted the ref to Talbot being in the image of the rear of the Reading studio. At this time Talbot had lost much more hair than the chap in the picture at right. The issue is discussed in the Bodliean library archive. (talk) 12:05, 23 December 2017 (UTC)

Apologies for reverting your deletion before I discovered this note. I have now re-reverted. This is interesting. When you say the "the Bodleian Library archive", is this something online – in which case can we have a link? – or something only available at the Library? The file description for this image – File:William_Fox_Talbot_1853.jpg – identified the figure as Talbot, based on its immediate source, which is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y. I accept that the Bodleian discussion is probably more recent and more authoritative (or at least raises sufficient doubt that we should sidestep the issue), so I have now changed the file description; but I'd still like to see the discussion. GrindtXX (talk) 16:29, 23 December 2017 (UTC)
The link to the Bodleian is already on the site under external links. The library is currently organising a catalogue raisonnee for all of Talbots images, and the discussion I think is in their blog. (talk) 21:49, 23 December 2017 (UTC)
OK, thanks. For the record, the discussion is here. There's enough in this post to be of wider interest, so I have added it as a ref to the article. GrindtXX (talk) 00:39, 24 December 2017 (UTC)