History/Chemistry GCSE: Development of photography by Daguerre and Fox Talbot
Michael Mosley, Cassie Newland and Mark Miodownik describe the scientific achievements of Louis Deguerre and William Henry Fox Talbot.
In 1826 Nicephore Niepce took the first photograph. In 1839 Louis Deguerre agreed to work with Niepce but he died shortly before they could start.
At the same time William Henry Fox Talbot was developing photography using paper not metal plates.
The differences between Deguerre and Fox Talbot and their work are described.
This clip is from the series The Genius of Invention.
This clip would be ideally suited to showing students the significant achievements of Degurre and Fox Talbot.
It could set the scene for a project on this or other famous historical scientists.
Students could stain their written work with tea bags to make it look as if it were written many years ago.
This clip will be relevant for teaching Chemistry and History. This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.