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Figure 6

Photograph of the first photograph taken of a lattice window with a camera obscura with accompanying text by the maker

The Latticed Window at Laycock Abby (1835) is the earliest camera negative in existence and incredibly fragile. The very uncertainty of the invention of photography – reliant on the interrelationship between people, trial and error, different chemicals, paper, cameras and light – indicates how fundamental co-production is to museums and the stories they seek to tell. An ontological shift which recognises this also opens the way for more dynamic approaches to community co-production.