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Sep 03 2016

Call for content makers

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Recently one of our admins, Andy Stockton, was involved in a serious car accident and his ongoing recovery has forced him to withdraw from being a admin.  That has made us two remaining admins think – where does go from here?  The site has fallen quiet over the last couple of years and we would like to make some changes to invigorate it.

We would like to offer community members the ability to publish content directly on site through bigger user roles in the site management system (WordPress).  This will allow members to make posts on the homepage blog and for some to add and manage content to the rest of the site, with it all being shared on our social media.  For the blog posts this could be daguerreotypists posting directly about their own work, equipment set ups, exhibitions/events or it could also it could be a enthusiast of the genre, posting similar stories or more curatorial pieces about contemporary daguerreotypy.

By having a larger group of people publishing content as frequently or as infrequently as they like, we hope that activity is more organic and the site can grow in the direction it needs too.  We are aiming for 2019 to be the next instalment of the ImageObject event in NYC and want the genre to have a vibrant nexus to gather momentum for that.

If you would like to publish content about contemporary daguerreotypes genre on or are interested in helping with the larger roles like “editor” or even “admin” email to express interest.



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Aug 04 2015

Binh Danh – New website and exhibition announcement

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Binh Danh has a new site for his daguerreotypes called Scenic Dags. He is also a part of the National Gallery of Art exhibit “Memory of Time” located in Washington, DC.  The show includes many renowned artists and is open until September 13th. For details visit the NGA website.



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Dec 24 2014

Happy holidays from CDags!

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Thanks to Mike Robinson for this festive image and daguerreotype! Happy holidays from CDags. We look forward to seeing new work from all of you in 2015!


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Dec 04 2014

Please excuse our dust

We are in the process of transferring to a new hosting site. Please excuse any difficulty in using the site while we work to complete the transfer. The work is carried out by a volunteer team of editors as time allows.


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Nov 06 2014

Binh Danh – New solo exhibition at Haines Gallery

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Haines Gallery is pleased to a solo exhibition featuring new works by artist Binh Danh.
November 6 – December 20, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Haines Gallery – 49 Geary St #540, San Francisco, CA 94108


Binh Danh‘s latest series of daguerreotypes focuses on the San Francisco cityscape—rendering scenic vistas, sites of civic engagement, and familiar street scenes all with the exquisite detail that only his chosen medium can capture. This body of work is many things at once: an homage to a place the artist loves; a nod to the albumen prints by pioneering photographers like Carleton Watkins and Eadweard Muybridge, who focused on the developing San Francisco metropolis during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; and a politically charged effort to freeze an important moment in San Francisco’s history—a dynamic time of economic growth, disparity and displacement. For Danh, the work brings together his photographic practice and lived experience, as he revisits many sites from his formative years and bears witness to the city during a time of significant transformation. The exhibition takes its name from a 1901 poem by William Vaughn Moody called The Daguerreotype.


Binh Danh has been the subject of a number of solo exhibitions at institutions including the Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA (2007), North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC (2010); Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV (2010); and the Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE (2011); and was included in the group exhibition After Ansel Adams at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA (2014), and the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012). Danh’s work is held in a number of permanent institutional collections, including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the deYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; and San Jose Museum of Art, CA. He received a Eureka Fellowship in 2010.


This is the artist’s fifth solo exhibition at Haines Gallery.



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Sep 28 2014

Negativeless – Current exhibition at the Michael Hoppen Gallery

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Home and the World, 2010, Daguerreotype, 70.5 x 106.7 cm © Adam Fuss

Home and the World, 2010, © Adam Fuss

is the current exhibition at the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London. It runs from September 19th – October 23, 2014. Among the artists included are contemporary daguerreotypists Sean Culver and Adam Fuss.


“In a world of photography where digital ‘snaps’ are becoming the tedious norm, the Michael Hoppen Gallery presents a show navigating an area of photography that little is known about: the photograph made without a negative. No, not a photogram – but a photograph. We will present a wonderful mix of works, from rare early daguerreotypes through to contemporary takes on these early techniques.

 Photographs were invented to be reproduced on demand. The London Stereoscopic Company, as an example, in the 19th century managed to produce hundreds of thousands of copies of photographs from individual negatives. As the mechanical world came into being,mass re-production became the preferred method.

 The early photographer in the 1830’s and 1840’s strained to produce lasting images of quality and consistency and it was only in 1835 that the negative by Henry Fox Talbot was invented which allowed them to print numerous copies, and after the paper negative, it was no less arduous and complex a process coating collodion negatives. However, in 1837 [sic], Daguerre, a French scientist and inventor, developed a beautifully complex system of producing a photograph on a silver plated copper sheet which was usually cased so that owners could keep the images of their loved ones close to them in their pockets. Larger, half plate daguerreotypes, although much more expensive to produce and hence highly sought after, were often hung on the wall.

Today’s photographers have adopted the digital world in a way no one could have predicted. The days of the hand-made photograph, the laboratory technician, the chemist and artist combined seem almost like a distant memory. The camaraderie of the photographers and printers who would meet in the basement darkrooms of Soho to go over contacts and discuss the printing is all but gone…”


To read the full exhibition statement and see additional images visit the website.


Home and the World, 2010, Daguerreotype, 70.5 x 106.7 cm © Adam Fuss

Home and the World, 2010 © Adam Fuss

Presence Series: Gift, 2006, Daguerreotype, 12.7 x 17.18 cm, © Sean Culver

Presence Series: Gift, 2006, © Sean Culver

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Jun 29 2014

New gallery page for videos.

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Daguerreotypes, being image objects, are not always completely represented by still image reproductions. Short video’s are a great medium for showing how a plate looks being tilted to different light and reflections in the hand.
I have compiled a gallery of videos found on youtube and vimeo, of plates , but also ones showing the process, exhibitions and equipment used. If I’ve missed any or when you publish more, let me know and I will add them to the page.
The link to the gallery can be found in the quick links in the left hand column of this page.


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Jun 28 2014


2014-06-28 14_22_26-Soho Photo Gallery - Fine Art Photography - New York City
The Soho Photo Gallery will be holding its 10th annual alternative process competition November 5-29 in New York City. The submission deadline is soon – August 22, 2014, but submissions are digital. Alternative processes include (but are not limited to): Albumen, Cyanotype, VanDykeBrown, Platinum/Palladium, GumBichromate, Bromoil,  Salt Print, Tintype, Ziatype, Daguerreotype, ImageTransfers, Liquid Emulsion, and Photogravure. Sponsor for this  year’s Competition is The Penumbra Foundation:Center for Alternative Photography who were integral to the creation and success of the IO-1 all-daguerreian juried show last year. For more info see the SohoPhoto website


May 10 2014

Space Still Available for Lacock Abbey Workshop with Mike Robinson

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The Daguerreotype Workshop
7 August to 10 August 2014 at the Fox Talbot Museum
Limited to 7 participants
£990 including VAT and materials fee.

This workshop is for artists with a serious interest in the evolution, aesthetics and process of daguerreotypy. The workshop will be conducted by Mike Robinson, a modern master of the medium. Participants will learn both modern and traditional techniques of polishing. Also covered will be advanced concepts of contrast control, alternative fuming techniques, and housing options. Each participant will have the opportunity to make at least three daguerreotypes during the workshop.

Roger Watson, Curator of the Fox Talbot Museum, will discuss the evolution of the daguerreotype and show examples of daguerreotypes and vintage housings from the archives of the Fox Talbot Museum and from his personal collection. Each participant will receive a facsimile reprint of original step-by-step instructions and other readings on the topic of daguerreotype.

Cancellation Policy: Withdrawal from the workshop two weeks before the session start date will receive a refund, minus a £50 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made less than two weeks before a workshop start date. If the workshop is cancelled due to insufficient enrolment, the entire class will be refunded the full tuition fee. The Fox Talbot Museum may take and use images, still or video, for educational and promotional purposes.

Location and Scheduling: Daily sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. and are held in the Manger Barn (next door to the museum).

Lodging and transportion: Lodging and transportation are not included in the cost of the workshop. Participants must make their own arrangements.

For additional information and to register visit the website.

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