Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Was Thomas Wedgwood the father of photography?

The son of successful 18th century wealthy entrepreneur and potter Josiah Wedgwood, Thomas certainly had the financial backing to develop early photographic ideas.

Even if he is not credited with inventing photography he certainly was an arbiter of its future.

How amazing it would be to find a photograph earlier than 1826, earlier than 1800!


Thomas's experiments with a camera obscure and light sensitive materials in 1791 demonstrate that the knowledge was available in the 1790s to alter the state of silver nitrate on glass using sunlight.  There does not appear to be a known way of fixing the metamorphosed chemicals into a permanent image until a further 30 years later in the 1820s with NiĆ©pce).




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