'View of Athens from the Eastern Base of the Acropolis', 1852.
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A daguerreotype view of Athens looking from the base of the Acropolis. This daguerreotype, made in 1852, is a copy of a salt print made from a calotype negative taken by Reverend George Bridges in 1848. The Reverend George Bridges met photographic pioneer, William Henry Fox Talbot in 1846. The two men soon became good friends and Talbot arranged for Bridges to receive instruction in photography. Between 1846 and 1852 Bridges travelled to Italy, Malta, Sicily, Greece, Egypt and the Holy Land, taking nearly 2,000 photographs. In 1839, the Daguerreotype, invented by Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre, became the first photographic process to be announced to the public.