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“Early Photography in York 1844-2019”

Cafe-scientifique
Date
6 Nov 2019
Start time
7:30 PM
Venue
City Screen Basement Bar
Speaker
Alun Kirby

Event Information

Early Photography in York, 1844 – 2019′

Alun Kirby, artist in residence at York Explore Library and Archive

In 1844 the nations most eminent scientists gathered in York, and many were photographed using a technique invented just 3 years earlier. Among the guests was Sir John Herschel, the central figure in the birth of photography and inventor, among other things, of the cyanotype photographic process.

In this talk Alun Kirby, an artist who still uses this Victorian technique, will tell the story of photography’s invention, of the process used in York in 1844, and of Sir John Herschel’s contribution to photography. Alun will go on to show how he has been using cyanotypes to tell stories of York, and will make a photograph without a camera before your very eyes!

Alun Kirby Website