We have access to many 19th century manuals, and quite a few are available online. This does not appear to be the case with the photography journals from the 19th Century. I would love to read through these journals, but short of a trip to a distant library, I don’t have access to any. As I read there were at least five journals that were relevant to Daguerreotypy;
Daguerreian Journal Devoted to the Daguerreian and Photogenic Arts (1850-2), which became Humphrey’s Journal of the Daguerreotype and Photographic Arts (1852-62) Photographic and Fine Art Journal (1851-60) La Lumière (1851-67) Bulletin de la Société Française de Photographie (1855 to ?)
A few years of the Daguerreian Journal or Humphrey’s Journal are available via Google Books or on-demand reprint, but not the whole range. Am I missing them online?
If not,these were clearly microfilmed, so it should be possible (and maybe legal) to digitize the microfilm. Any clues where to start?
Your post intrigued me and I have been looking around some too. I agree – so far there doesn’t seem to be much.
If anyone has any journal copies and would lend them to me for scanning, I would be happy to do that and put them on the site. I will also keep hunting.