History of photography: why Fox Talbot is photography’s most important pioneer

History of photography: why William Henry Fox Talbot is photography's most important pioneer

This year marks the 175th anniversary of Sir William Henry Fox Talbot’s formal documentation of the photographic process in 1839. To celebrate this landmark achievement we will be running a series of special articles tracing the history of photography over the past 175 years and examining some of its finer moments.

Magnum Photos: The Christmas Tree Bucket – Trent Parke’s brilliantly dark essay on modern living

Magnum Photos: The Christmas Tree Bucket - Trent Parke's brilliantly dark essay on modern living

Most people are familiar with traditional Christmas tales like Twas The Night Before Christmas. In this brilliantly dark, yet heartwarming, take on the Christmas story, Magnum Photos legend Trent Parke turns the camera on his own family to record the family rituals of Christmas. What began as a moment of clarity after vomiting into a Christmas tree bucket on his in-laws’ lawn, Parke’s photo essay reveals the absurdities that lurk in the suburban shadows.