National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of The Boulevards of Paris William Henry Fox Talbot (artist)
British, 1800 - 1877
The Boulevards of Paris, 1843
salted paper print
image: 16.6 × 17.1 cm (6 9/16 × 6 3/4 in.) sheet: 19 × 23.2 cm (7 1/2 × 9 1/8 in.) mat: 35.6 × 45.7 cm (14 × 18 in.)
New Century Fund
On View
From the Tour: Selected Photographs from the Collection
Object 1 of 15

From the moment Talbot announced his new invention in 1839, the world was entranced with photography. Talbot himself realized that by recording the world around him—a busy street, an architectural detail, or something as simple as light falling on an old building—he could freeze the visual spectacle of the world and create an object that could be savored long after the event had transpired: he could transform life into art.

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