• Short Summary

    Great story looking at the cameras and early photographs of Henry Fox Talbot.

  • Description

    Titles read: 'Trapping a Shadow.'

    Laycock, Wiltshire.

    Several brief shots of the picturesque village of Laycock, with old, timbered houses.

    Various shots of Laycock Abbey. Commentator tells us that Henry Fox Talbot lived there, describing him as "mathematician, member of Parliament and the father of photography".

    A middle-aged woman stands outside with a photograph portrait of Talbot. Several shots of a younger lady showing us the early cameras and equipment used by Talbot. M/S of Talbot's first photograph, taken in 1834, of a window.

    Shots inside the Abbey show displays of photographs. Several C/Us of early photos - two of them show Talbot and others taking a picture and developing the prints outdoors. Negative and positive images of Laycock Abbey. Family group pictures, where the people had to stand still for 20 minutes for the exposures (earlier ones took hours). Photo of the building of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, 1843, with scaffolding around the base.

    Finals shots show the gardens of Laycock Abbey.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe sound pictorials
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:39:19:00 / 01:41:19:00
    PSP 853

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