Capturing shadows: audio excerpts
Using dramatised readings of contemporary voices, discover the excitement and impact of photography from those who encountered its beginnings.
These audio excerpts accompany the exhibition A New Power: Photography in Britain 1800–1850.
A young Princess, later Queen, Victoria describes a journey through industrialised Britain.https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/1431437527&color=%23ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=true&show_comments=false&show_user=false&show_reposts=false&show_teaser=false
The scientist Thomas Young addresses the Royal Society with his discoveries around fixing an image on paper.
Laura Mundy describes William Henry Fox Talbot's – her brother-in-law's – shadowy experiment.
Listen to the early excitement surrounding the daguerreotype in Paris.
Fox Talbot’s speech to the Royal Society of his discovery – read in his absence by the scientist Michael Faraday.
News of the photographic invention spreads to India via a report by two naval architects from Bombay.
Maria Edgeworth describes the mysterious operation of having your likeness taken.
The photographic invention boomed, inspiring literary comment like this poem by S L Blanchard. It conjures up the excitement of taking – and disappointment in seeing – your likeness!
The actor Ira Aldridge represented the new power of celebrity driven by the taking and printing of photography. Listen to this dramatised excerpt of an anti-slavery poem we know he performed in Dublin in 1832.
Queen Victoria was not always happy with the outcome of having her daguerreotype taken.
This boot-lace seller from Northumberland describes his experience of London.
This coffee-stall keeper explains how difficult it was to make a living in London in the nineteenth century.
A13: Tract-seller described by Henry Mayhew, London Poor (1851)
Henry Mayhew describes his encounter with a tract-seller on the streets of London.
A14: An Irish street seller of fruit, as quoted by Henry Mayhew, London Poor (1851)
This street seller describes how she came to be working in London.