Tag Archives: daguerreotype

modern times

Toronto. These days of digital cameras and smartphones make photography a piece of cake. You see it; you shoot it; you send it. Easy Peasey.  But it wasn’t always the case. Many of those who haunt our fairs and shows … Continue reading

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darker dags

Toronto. The NYT article is headlined, “Smithsonian Acquires Rare Photographs From the First African American Studios“. The example Ambrotype image shown here was augmented by a few dashes of colour painted in by hand before the glass plate was carefully … Continue reading

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what’s up doc?

Toronto. .. as that wascally wabbit from Brooklyn said to Elmer Fudd in the movie cartoons of yesteryear. From its very beginning, photography has been a huge asset for medicine and dentistry. This Southworth and Hawes plate at left shows … Continue reading

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a pretty little poser

Toronto. I bought this daguerreotype of a little girl around 1975 at one of our fairs from Bill Marshall of Deux Montagnes, Quebec. There was only a half case on it so the quarter plate image was priced under $10. … Continue reading

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a dawg gone great read

Toronto. A few days ago, I saw a car pull up to my garage door. Out popped Wayne Gilbert fresh from a mail run. He dropped off the PHSC exchange copy of the Daguerreian Annual for 2019-2020. What a great … Continue reading

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by the light of the silvery moon

Toronto. From the very beginning of photography, the moon and photography have worked closely together. John William Draper made his daguerreotype of the moon in 1840. It is the earliest existing photographic image of the moon. A cleaned up version … Continue reading

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1839 and all that

Toronto. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Magazine in the Big Apple offers many interesting talks about photography. In this one, conservator Lee Ann Daffner of MoMA thoughtfully treats the tarnish on a c1842 daguerreotype by Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey. Listen to this … Continue reading

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what were they thinking?

Toronto. Today, we all take photography for granted. Images are shot endlessly to record things once written, or capture family moments, or pets, or property changes, etc. We leave news, tv, political, formal portraits, etc. images to the professionals. With … Continue reading

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Dr Mike goes to Washington

Toronto. My friend George Dunbar sent me a note the other day saying one of our past presidents, Dr Mike Robinson, was visiting the Smithsonian to demonstrate modern day daguerreotype portraits. Mike makes such collectible images here in his Century … Continue reading

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NYC? not this April …

Toronto. I just received word today that the NY Photography Fair, which I announced in a post on February 22nd, has been cancelled in anticipation of the New Corona Virus pandemic hitting the States in the coming weeks. We wish … Continue reading

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