Allison Pappas, doctoral candidate in the History of Art and Architecture received a Research Support Grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. She is currently in England, visiting collections in London, Cambridge, and Bradford, to complete archival work for the first chapter of her dissertation, which focuses on the development of the paper photography process in England amongst a community of scientists investigating light, chemistry and optics, among many other subjects. She highlights the language used to describe this new medium, namely the "impression," and the way it shifts between associations with empirical theories of perception and printed images. The chapter is titled Photography's First Impressions: W.H.F Talbot, J.F.W. Herschel, and Experimental Rhetoric.
January 8, 2020