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Science  10 Jun 2016:
Vol. 352, Issue 6291, pp. 1284
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf8965

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The credit for inventing photography is complicated and contested. Nicéphore Niépce, Louis Daguerre, Henry Fox Talbot, and the scientific polymath John Herschel each have a claim. The term itself (from the Greek for "drawing with light") seems to have been coined in 1839 by Herschel. However, there can be little doubt that Fox Talbot—the subject of a new exhibition at London's Science Museum—was the key pioneer. A thought-provoking mixture of technology and art, the exhibition displays numerous images taken by Fox Talbot and several contemporary photographers who adopted his calotype process.