Experimental Photography: Discovery and Invention (January 17 to April 2, 1989)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), January 17 to April 2, 1989
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The Open Door
William Henry Fox Talbot (English, 1800 - 1877)
Lacock, Wiltshire, England (Place created)
late April 1844
Salted paper print from a Calotype negative
14.9 × 16.8 cm (5 7/8 × 6 5/8 in.)
This photograph was the sixth plate in William Henry Fox Talbot's landmark 1844 publication The Pencil of Nature. Aligning his work with the tradition of
Talbot exhibited and sold variants of this image with the titles The Stable Doorand Stable Yard in Talbot-type. The diagonally clipped corners of this print suggest that it may have been removed from an album.