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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Aug 24 2014

Living with Mercury

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There is no question that making daguerreotypes involves working with hazardous materials. Even Becquerel, the safer process, involves elemental iodine, a corrosive substance that produces fumes that can cause tissue damage when inhaled. The Mercury process adds the even more challenging materials mercury and bromine. The hazardous nature of these substances is the reason we carry out daguerreotype work inside a fume hood and take careful precautions to contain the chemicals safely when stored. Simply storing these substances safely can present serious challenges.

I recently had the opportunity to visit master daguerreotypist Jerry Spagnoli in his studio in New York City. In addition to the privilege of seeing some of his beautifully crafted and compelling daguerreotypes in person, I had the pleasure of an extended conversation with Jerry on a wide range of subjects concerning daguerreotypes, the art world and the craft itself. It was during that conversation that Jerry mentioned the method that he uses to store his mercury when not in use. Continue Reading »

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Jul 20 2014

Exposed in a Hundred Suns

Takashi Arai’s solo exhibition entitled “EXPOSED in a Hundred Suns” will be held from July 25 until September 20 at Photo Galley International, Tokyo. It includes these plates of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial/Atomic Bomb Dome. This works echoes Takashi’s Miharu plate taken in the radioactive zone of Fukushima, that won best in show at the the inaugural ImageObject event.
Takashi notes – “I walk through a blighted land. I hold up a small silver plate towards things that were burned—and, even today, are still being burned—by a hundred suns. My journey in search of the connection between heaven and earth continues.”


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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 29 2014

Sliding box cameras

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Fine woodworker Ty Guillory has self published a guide to making traditional sliding box cameras. They have excellent stability for use with heavy brass barrelled lens or if you just like properties of this traditional approach.


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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


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