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Baltimore scholar Larry Schaaf leads effort to catalog photography pioneer

Baltimore scholar Larry Schaaf leads effort to catalog photography pioneer

During four decades of digging into the life and work of British photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot, Baltimore-based scholar Larry Schaaf did not always encounter encouragement.

"I once got rejected for a grant," Schaaf says, "by someone who asked me, 'If this guy is so important, how come you are the only one writing about him?'"

Schaaf's singular determination to give Talbot his due as a pivotal force in the invention of photography eventually resulted in his current position as director of the Talbot Catalogue Raisonne, an online trove recently launched by the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford...

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