Making Daguerreotype photographs the old fashioned way

Making Daguerreotype photographs the old fashioned way

Curious about Daguerreotype photos? I was. Jonathan takes you on a tour on what goes in to this old and fantastic photographic art – “The Daguerreotype was the first patented photographic process. Patented by Daguerre in 1839 after ripping off substantial portions of the technology from Joseph-Nicephore Niepce in the 1820s and 1830s, the Daguerreotype was heralded at the time as an amazing invention. The Daguerreotype remained popular for only a short time (25 years or so at the most) because it was (and remains) expensive, irreproducible, and tricky to make in the first place. Why did a technology that had so much going against it stick around for so long? Daguerreotypes are beautiful in the way that diamonds are beautiful. Precious and rare is the Daguerreotype. Silver + iodine + light + UV = photograph.”Link.

Daguerreotype photographs – Link.
Imaging archives – Link.

2 thoughts on “Making Daguerreotype photographs the old fashioned way

  1. monopole says:

    A good discussion of Daguerreotype making the actual “old fashioned way”
    As you may note the orignal process used fuming bromine (incredibly lethal) as well as iodine to sensitize the plate and fuming mercury (incredibly toxic) to develop.

    As a holographer who has dealt with fuming bromine bleaches I can attest to the efficacy and incredible danger of the original process.

    What would be really neat would be to do some non-toxic Lippman Photography:

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