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THE HISTORY OF NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

From Daguerreotype to Digital

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Nighttime has been associated with solitude, danger, mystery, and the unknown throughout human history. The night transforms our notion of the world from one of routine certainty to one of mysterious unknowing. The night holds secrets—secrets that may engage our curiosity, shelter us, or frighten us. There are those who seek comfort in the night and those who recoil from it. Brave was the ancestor who stepped outside of the light of the fire circle, for he might never return.

The motif of night was established in Western art long before the advent of photography. Artists as far back ...

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