One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An early photographic process in which negatives were made using paper coated with silver iodide.
- ‘These experiments led him to develop the calotype process, and the production, in 1835, of the first ever negative, a picture of the Oriel window at Lacock.’
- ‘In the spring of 1841, Henry Talbot patented this new negative process and called it the calotype.’
- ‘A year later William Henry Fox Talbot, the inventor of the calotype process, the forerunner of photography as we know it today, made a series of representations of city views and buildings.’
- ‘His technique was called calotype.’
- ‘The former is credited with the invention of the calotype; the latter with the daguerreotype.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek kalos ‘beautiful’ + type.
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