Chapter 14    Contemporary Daguerreotypes (Becquerel Process)

With assistance from Tyler Treadwell

  Materials

  Making a Daguerreotype

The daguerreotype is an exceptionally detailed, direct positive image on a polished silver plate. Each daguerreotype is a one of a kind and possesses a presence; most are delicate, defined, of substantive weight, small enough to be held in your hand, when angled change from positive to negative and “transcend reality: [They] appear to float in space behind glass”1 Given that they are created by the action of photons (fundamental electromagnetic particles) on solid silver, there is no visible grain, unlike modern film. In addition, one sees a mirror image on a mirrorlike surface. See page 32 for a reproduction ...

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