Victorian salt and silver at the Tate Britain

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Photography fans should rejoice as a new exhibition at the Tate Britain looks a pioneering method of snapping shots.

Salt and Silver

Early Photography 1840-1860 is the very first exhibit of its kind in the UK to look at salted paper prints. Invented in the UK and presented to the public in 1839 by William Henry Fox Talbot, these prints created a huge buzz around the world and completely altered what many believed visual communication to be.

As they are much softer and sumptuous than what we work with today, these earliest examples of the medium are fascinating to peruse, and with only a few surviving examples of them in the world that are in reasonable condition, this simply is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Tate Britain has worked with the Wilson Centre of Photography, and one could even argue that the items on display here are some of the most important photographs to have ever existed. The exhibition will be running from February 25th to June 7th at Tate Britain, which is located in Millbank.

You may want to book yourself into a London hotel and make a real trip of it if you want to explore some of the other fascinating museums and galleries that this great city has to offer. And with the free British Museum and National Portrait Gallery, and the world-famous Savage Beauty exhibition on designer Alexander McQueen on this year, you would be a fool to miss out on them.

Finish off your trip by catching a show at the always-dazzling West End. Do you want to sing and dance with mormon missionaries? Take a trip to the savannah plains of Africa? Or take a trip to Oz with the Wicked Witch of the West? You sure have your options!