Chosen for their aesthetic and historical qualities, the majority of these photographs have never been shown since the mid nineteenth century. Fox Talbot, Roger Fenton, Benjamin Brecknell and Turner are well known, but several photographers, like William Collie and Arthur James Melhuish, are presented in France for the first time. As a counterpoint to the exhibition The French Daguerrotype (Musée d'Orsay and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2003), The art of the English calotype highlights a different conception of the new medium of photography and an alternative technical, aesthetic and economic principle.
CuratorsRoger Taylor, Professor of Photographic History, De Montfort University, Leicester; Malcolm Daniel, chief curator of photographs, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Sarah Greenough, chief curator of photographs, National Gallery of Art, Washington For the Musée d'Orsay: Dominique de Font-Réaulx, curator, Musée du Louvre, assisted by Joëlle Bolloch, archivist, Musée d'Orsay.
The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in association with the musée d’Orsay, Paris.