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c1850 Daguerreotype of an American Gold Miner

Toronto. The Daguerreian Society is a scholarly organization more dedicated to the first photographic process than even France, the home of Louis Daguerre!

This is obvious from the effort expended in its Symposiums, Annuals, and Quarterlies (the 28 page DSQ 31–2 quarterly for April-June 2019 has just been issued to members). While I would be delighted to publish a copy here, its Mission Statement clearly states “… Quarterly for its members …”

If you are a member, you have already received this quarterly via  email or will shortly via snail mail. Want to join, or learn more? Visit their web site.

The above image is featured on the cover of DSQ 31-2 and is a fine example of a hand coloured Daguerreotype. Processes well into the 20th century were monochromatic. Colour was possible using special processes. And slides like the c1900 Autochromes and their competition did capture colour – sort of. Around the beginning of the second world war, and after, colour processes of far higher quality – like the 1935 Kodachrome –  came to market.

Today, modern smartphones and other digital cameras make the creation of colour images so simple a child can shoot them (my granddaughter, all of eight years old, told me quietly  this week that she is saving up at least $500 dollars for a good camera that will work with her iPad).

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