Bodleian Bid for Fox Talbot

02 August 2013

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The Bodleian Library in Oxford is one step closer to buying the personal archives of William Henry Fox Talbot.  The Library hope to raise £2.2m to buy the last significant collection of the work of Talbot (1800-1877), who many regard as the founder of photography, remaining in private hands.  So far they have managed to secure a grant for £1.2m from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and have also recently learnt that they have secured a grant of £200,000 from the Art Fund.  After also including generous donations by numerous private individuals, there is still a shortfall of £375,000.  The Bodleian has managed to negotiate an extension to the fundraising deadline to August 2014 to try and raise the outstanding amount. 

The appeal is also supported by The RPS Director General Dr Michael Pritchard, artist David Hockney and photographers Martin Parr and Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Hiroshi Sugimoto, said: "The Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford is seeking to acquire the archive of William Henry Fox Talbot in order to ensure that scholars, artists, photographers and the general public can have access to the mass of papers, sketchbooks, photographs and artefacts that it contains to promote our understanding and appreciation of this great innovator, stimulate new art and other forms of creativity and broaden our understanding of the founder of a field of communication that has changed our world. I would like to add my support to their campaign to secure the Archive of William Henry Fox Talbot."

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