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Water Damaged Pencil of Nature — Plate IX

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Water Damaged Pencil of Nature — Plate IX
2014
Metallic chromogenic print face mounted to acrylic
Image size: 850 x 570 mm
Edition of 3 (+AP) | $POA
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Greetings friends of Petlamb

Welcome to June's photo of the month — Water Damaged Pencil of Nature — Plate IX.

William Henry Fox Talbot's original Plate IX from The Pencil of Nature is an image called Fac-simile of an old printed page. It's title is a very accurate description and Fox Talbot describes the work thus:

Taken from a black-letter volume in the Author's library, containing the statutes of Richard the Second, written in Norman French. To the Antiquarian this application of the photographic art seems destined to be of great advantage.

Copied of the size of the original, by the method of superposition.

What I find fascinating is how accurate Fox Talbot's prediction is and where it has led us to today. In the 1800s the ability to disseminate copies rather than original artefacts completely transformed the way knowledge and information was shared. It makes me think about our digital trajectory and the debt it owes to historical analogue copies.

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