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Author's collection. The Emergence posures were taken of everything that could be exposed to light. Such nega- of Style From heliography through the early images made by each method were largely determined by the nature of the process itself. Thus while the daguerreotype was capable of recording events that changed very slowly in time, it was used primarily for unique portraits. Calotypes, rich in tone but poor in collodion era, the were ideal tives tographs, that for is, of a single image. universal published pho- for multiple prints With collodion, a technique was established; photographs thereafter differed largely because the people who made them were not all cut from the same cloth.

C. 1885. Collection: The International Museum of 415 46 Our photographic heritage The Gelatin Period Looking at these early western photographs today does not readily reveal that the photographer's lot was a difficult one. Pictures by Gardner and O'Sullivan reproduced here and in Chapters 5 and 8 give us clues: everywhere the cameraman went, his darkroom had to go too, for collodion plates had to be sensitized, exposed, and developed on the spot. This problem had plagued photographers everywhere for nearly two decades.

This, of course, was the same method first tried by Wedgwood and Davy more than 30 years earlier, but where they had failed to contact preserve the photographic image, Talbot succeeded. ^^' /:'/Lcf. ^^^^y >*- ^'-^^ ^ '*' ^^/ ^ William Henry Fox Talbot: Latticed Window, 1835. The size. Science earliest existing negative. Actual Museum, London. small cameras— "mousetraps," his wife within that report was a recognition of them— that were made for him by a local carpenter. One of these camera nes^atives is now preserved in great importance: called the Science Museum in London.

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