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    Hi all,

    coming from a historic background (or, like a lot of people say “alternative”) – I seem to be moving backwards, going from silver gelatin to gum bichromates, platinum, albumen, salt prints, and as of late, calotypes. Daguerreotypes have been a wish for a long time, and maybe now the right time is coming… I am planning on starting with Bequerel, because of “safety” (and, well, because it is easier to get hold of all chemicals – I even have the iodine already, used for some calotype experiments…). More questions I’ll post in a dedicated thread.




    Andy Stockton

    Hello csant. The directional nature of time has always seemed kind of optional here. Welcome to the past moving forward through and beyond the present. We look forward to your posts.



    Looking for a modern dagguerreotypist!

    Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park is holding a daguerreotype event. We are looking to hire a modern daguerreotypist to make daguerreotypes and explain the process.

    Please email or call me at 956-541-2785, x. 332 if you have information about a modern daguerreotypist in/near Texas.

    Thank you,

    Karen Weaver

    Outreach Coordinator

    Palo Alto Battlefield NHP



    Hey all, I’m Caleb Adams. I’m a Photography student studying at the Savannah College of Art and Design, but I am currently staying in NYC and taking my classes online. I’m living in NYC now because I was offered two really cool internships. One is with a photographer named Joey L. and the other is with a production company, Variable.

    I’m currently taking a course on the history of photography. The subject has always been of interest to me and I’ve dabbled in alt process as much as I could. The teacher is asking each student to create a small body of work (5-7 images) using a 19th century process. Most students are going to do cyanotypes and some of the easier processes, but I can get away from the Daguerreotype. I’ve been wanting to work with this process for a very long time and I can’t see myself being satisfied with doing anything else for this project.
    I was wondering if there is anyone located in/near NYC that wouldn’t mind letting me a course from them? I’d be willing to cover any expenses for the materials I use, but I’m a student and obviously can’t afford to just buy everything outright and start creating them on my own. If you are in the city, or know anyone here who wouldn’t mind helping me out it would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks so much!




    Good day all,

    My name is Danny Brennan. I am a student at Art Institute of Fort Worth. I learned about daguerreotypes in my photo history class. I held my first modern dag at Amon Carter that same year and was completely blown away by the detail and pure beauty of the image. I knew, from that point, creating a dag myself was one of my goals as a photographer.

    I primarily shoot digital (its cheaper and quicker), however I still shoot 35mm with a Canon AE-1 and have shot some 120 with a Kodak TLR. In school we also learn to shoot with a 2×3 view camera.

    When it comes to alt processes, I have only really dabbled in so far is Gum Printing.

    My blog is

    Stop in and see my stuff anytime and I am looking forward to becoming a part of this remarkable group of individuals.

    PS: anyone know of someone who does dags in Texas, I can’t seem to find anyone.



    Hello world,

    my name is Sonia and I am Aussie based Czech origin. Today I screwed my first two plates since attending Jerry’s workshop. Feels very special 🙂




    Andy Stockton

    Hi Sonia- Please feel free to post images to the forum and ask questions!



    Thank you Andy



    Hi, I’m mizan. I started out laundry room processing 35mm black and white film in the summer of 7th grade. In 9th grade I began shooting medium format with a yashica-mat and processing that. I then began shooting and reversal processing 8mm movies. In the winter of 10th grade I bought a monorail 4×5 camera with a tessar and thus began large format. In late may I started processing e6 slide film in the kitchen with my sister. Now in my junior year, I am building a shed darkroom and will finally have the space to experiment more with different methods. I feel like my story basically consists of me thinking that the current thing I’m doing will sate me. When I started medium format I thought “this is where I stop, this is enough” but then I had to move onto large format. The same thing happened with large format and color or 8mm movies. I have made dry tintypes and am trying van dyke brown and am shooting 16mm now. It’s never really been about what’s older or “cooler” it’s about what takes the most amount of work. I have always been looking for something to put more of my heart and soul into, or moreso takes more if my heart and soul, the steps I take in photography often are to things that are worth much more to me. I became infatuated with dagguerotypes when I saw the short video with Dan Carillo, how he describes them as little jewels made so much sense to me. When I saw that the safest methods still use rather corrosive chemicals, I started plans for a fuming box and fume hood to build into the new darkroom. Basically that is my story caught up to present day. I’m really looking for people who has been in the sane place as me and to get as much information from the very knowledgeable people here.



    My name Is Jonathan Rowe, I am a photography teacher in the UK and a post graduate student at Manchester Met.
    I currently shoot wet plate collodion and have a passion to eventually produce Daguerreotypes.
    My website is here:
    I am hoping this forum aids my progress.


    Andy Stockton

    Welcome Jonathan – lots of good material here to get you started. Feel free to post questions in the forums, conversation can be slow at times, but there have been quite a number of interesting threads.


    Mike Robinson

    Welcome Jonathan,

    Since you live in the UK, and want to know more about daguerreotypes, you may wish to attend my workshop at Lacock Abbey hosted by Roger Watson at the Fox Talbot Museum. This year we are scheduled for the end of July. Contact Roger for details. It is a fantastic location to work in.

    For those in the U.S. interested in a workshop, there are a couple of spaces left in my workshop at the George Eastman house, May 5th – May 8th. Contact the GEH for more details.

    all the best,

    Mike Robinson



    Thanks Mike, do you have a link?


    Mike Robinson

    sure Here is the link to the GEH workshop

    the Fox Talbot link has not been updated, but you can email Roger Watson about it.

    Rogers Email is — Roger Watson <>





    Hi, I’m Michael from Germany, am 38 years old, married and I am working since 2001 with alternative copy method (calotype, cyanotype). Since that time, it was my dream to produce daguerreotypes. I am plumber by profession, but for many years working as a projectionist in a small cinema. I hope with your help to be able to improve my results and I thank you all in advance for your support.

    This is my first Dag…

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    My name is Tristan da Cunha, I’m from France, and I practice dags since 2013. I’m a professionnal photographer, and I plan to use dag for my work, but I need some more practice. I hope to reach my target soon!
    You can follow my progress on my website :

    I use the complete process, including bromine and mercury. I never use Becquerel way.



    Hello to all, just took Jerry Spanoli’s Becquerel class. Dilemma…iodine crystals. where to buy.
    this became much too frustrating. why cant the prilled type be crushed and work as well? Im an
    amateur so forgive the question. Jerry gave an awesome class and I am serious about this trek.
    thanks to anyone that can help direct me to an iodine crystal source.



    try eBay, plenty available there. I’d recommend pure iodine.



    thanks for your advice. I did just that. My name is Curt Robbins and Ive been a member of the Daguerreian Society since 2003. I just took Jerry Spanoli’s class in the Becquerel method in Arizona and had a great time. Ive always wanted to make my own dags and have got serious in taking the first steps. Know it will be trials and tribulations, but fun. Thanks to all who have made this website a place to exchange information. regards, Curt

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