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Early Photographic Processes: The Daguerreotype

For the first instalment of this mini-series, we’ll take a closer look at the start of the captivating timeline of photography – from silhouettes to camera obscuras, from Niepce to Daguerre – and onto the development of the first photographic process.

“I think to really see a Daguerreotype and get the full effect is that you have to be holding it. It’s an intimate thing, it’s reflective […] it makes you part of the object.” – Jamie Allen, Assistant Curator of Photographs, George Eastman House

Watching this video is nothing short of fascinating. Not only do the good people of the George Eastman House give us a succinct description of the earliest days of photography, but they are also able to stress how precious and important such a discovery was.

In this day and age where each second can be captured in dozens and dozens of still photos instantly, the great contrast on how each early photograph contains an intricate story behind it – from the subject themselves to the great deal of effort and time consumed in making the image – is enough to make you stop and think about your next shot.

And then, there’s the science behind it. I dunno about you guys, but that was enough to reel me in.

Because science!

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  1. ropi


    great articles!!!

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