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Reading's role in the history of photography - an exhibition at Junction Arch

Junction Arch Heritage Open Day 2022

Sun 18 Sep, 10:00-17:00

Reading’s iconic Junction Arch will be hosting an exhibition exploring the town’s role in the invention of photographic techniques that paved the way for modern photography. 

Innovator William Henry Fox Talbot set up the first commercial studios mass-producing photographs from negatives in Reading in 1843 – the same year Reading Old Cemetery was opened. This was a key moment in the development of photography.

The exhibition, created with assistance from Reading Museum, will feature the work of Fox Talbot and some of his contemporaries, including images of some familiar local scenes.