The Bodleian Libraries together with experts in the field are working on an ambitious project to develop a new web-based research tool that will allow scholars and members of the public to view and search the complete photographic works of British photographic pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot.
The online Catalogue Raisonné will be a detailed inventory of Fox Talbot’s work and include images of thousands of photographs and negatives by Talbot and his close circle. It will shed new light on Talbot’s photographic discoveries and will invite academics and the public to help fill in the blanks about mystery images. The completed Catalogue Raisonné will be a dynamic online catalogue and will invite contributions from scholars and enthusiasts. Its aim is to be a/the major online resource in the work of Henry Fox Talbot.
This blog provides updates of this four-year project (2014-2018) as it develops with regular updates provided by project team members, particularly Professor Larry J. Schaaf, Director of the Talbot Catalogue Raisonné at the Bodleian Libraries and also a Visiting Professor of Art History at the University of Oxford.