Toronto. I received an email courtesy of the Daguerreian Society this past week announcing a book and signing (earlier today) by author Sarah Kate Gillespie down in Washington D.C. The book sounds like it would be of interest to our members.
THE EARLY AMERICAN DAGUERREOTYPE,
TALK, BOOK SIGNING, AND OBJECTS OUT OF STORAGE
Friday, May 27, 2016, 12 – 1:30pm
Presidential Reception Suite, first floor
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Constitution Avenue NW between 12th and 14th Streets NW
The daguerreotype was patented in France in 1839, but by 1851 this early photographic method had been so improved by American daguerreotypists that it was often referred to as “the American process.”
In a talk based on her new book, The Early American Daguerreotype: Cross-Currents in Art and Technology, author Sarah Kate Gillespie will recount the activities of the unexpected mix of fine artists, scientists, and mechanical tinkerers who transformed the daguerreotype into a new way to see the world.
After the talk, National Museum of American History curator Shannon Perich will show rare daguerreotypes from the Museum’s collections. Gillespie will sign copies of The Early American Daguerreotype, which will be available for sale.