The inventor of Photography1765 – 1833
Visionary promoter of photography1787 – 1851
Electric blue: the first photographic book1799 – 1871
Britain's photographic pioneer1800 – 1877
The second person to invent photography1801 – 1887
The inventor of the selfie1809 – 1893
A brilliant murderer studies motion1830 – 1904
Photographer, novelist... balloonist?1820 – 1910
Elevating photography to emotional portraiture1852 – 1934
The examples that I have the honor of presenting are the first results of my extensive research on the manner of fixing the image of objects by the action of light.
Light acts chemically upon bodies. It is absorbed, it combines with them, and communicates new properties. Such, in a few words, is the principle of the discovery.
Numerous experiments made by the author prove that light cannot fall upon a body without leaving traces of decomposition on the surface upon which it impinges.
The plates of the present work are impressed by the agency of Light alone, without any aid from the artist's pencil.