The Daguerreotype was a one-of-a-kind creation. William Henry Fox Talbot provided the answer to that problem with his calotype process, proposed in a paper to the Royal Society of London on Jan. 31, 1839, he wrote:
How charming it would be if it were possible to cause these natural images to imprint themselves durably and remain fixed on the paper!
- The earliest known paper negative was produced in August 1835; it depicts the window at Lacock Abbey, Talbot’s home.
- The negative is small (1-inch square), and poor in quality, compared with the striking images produced by the Daguerreotype process.