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Photographic Beginnings

April 1–July 30, 2006
West Building, Ground  Floor, G-21

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

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original exhibition poster
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Overview: This exhibition of books and publications focused on the birth of the photographic process. Items on view ranged from early prephotographic experiments with the camera obscura to Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre’s original 1839 publication in which he describes his process, early descriptions of William Henry Fox Talbot’s "sun pictures" (now referred to as calotypes), and the first publications to feature photographic illustrations.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art. Neal Turtell, executive librarian, and Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department of photographs, were cocurators.