Contemporary Daguerreotypes (Becquerel Process)

By Laura Blacklow, with assistance from Tyler Treadwell


Method Overview



Making a Contemporary Daguerreotype



15.1  Chuck Close and Jerry Spagnoli, Untitled Torso, 20.6 × 15.5 cm (8 ⅛ × 6 ⅛ in.) Framed: 31.8 × 26.7 cm (12 ½ × 10 ½ in.) Daguerreotype (full plate) 2001. ©Chuck Close. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

Considered a Photo Realist painter, Chuck Close collaborated with Jerry Spagnoli, whose daguerreotype is on page 295, to create a series of close-up nudes. Both artists are interested in the daguerreotype’s ability to render clear detail. Both were ...

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