A portal to the beginning of photography

24 May 2017

Artist Mat Collishaw introduces his new virtual reality artwork Thresholds.

Listen to the podcast below which includes interviews from artist Mat Collishaw; Larry Schaaf, historian and authority on Fox Talbot; Nicolas Byrne & Ed Lloyd of VMI Studios on the creation of the VR experience; and Hans Kraus, a dealer of 19th century photography and a collector of Fox Talbot prints.

Using the latest in VR technology, Thresholds restages one of the earliest exhibitions of photography in 1839, when British scientist William Henry Fox Talbot first presented his photographic prints to the public at King Edward's School, Birmingham. 

Mat Collishaw, Thresholds. Image by Graham Carlow

“There are alternate levels of reality and unreality. This is a virtual reality of a virtual reality of reality.”

Mat Collishaw
Fox Talbot print, Courtesy National Media Museum Bradford
Larry Schaaf in Thresholds
Mat Collishaw - wet collodion print, Courtesy the artist and Blain Southern