Reading - the home of photography
When asked about the origins of photography most people have heard of Louis Daguerre and the Daguerrotype but few have heard of the pioneering work William Henry Fox Talbot and the Reading Establishment.
discover the ancient origins of photography starting with the camera obscura
hear the story of how Fox Talbot built on this knowledge and developed his technique in the 1830s
visit the site of photos of old Reading from the same period and see what has remained and what has changed
discover the role of Nicolaas Henneman in the work - does he deserve more credit?
view the Pencil of Nature and hear about it's place in history as the first publication illustrated with photographs
Tour starts from junction of Russell Street and Baker Street (What3Words location - again.mice.flown)
Amount of walking - approximately 1 mile
Length of time - approximately 1 hour
Tour finishes by Global Cafe, London Street