Resources

List of Contents

Contemporary accounts of the process
Modern articles on the process
New Daguerreian Journal (1971-75)
General writing
Materials safety data sheets
Vintage manuals and accounts
Contemporary Cameras
Contemporary Cases
Silver plating
Materials Sources
Daguerreotype Conservation
Workshops
Vintage Casemaking
Vintage Daguerreotypes online
Daguerre online
Blogs

Being a community website we welcome submitted material, please email admin@cdags.org if you would like to add to the resources listed here.
Disclaimer:

The chemicals used in this process are extremely hazardous and proper practice in handling to minimise potential hazards should be adhered to at all times.

These resources and information provided on this website are provided for general educational purposes and is not intended to endorse the use of chemicals by untrained individuals.

The administrators of this site accept no responsibility nor liability resulting from improper use of chemicals or resulting conditions from following information here presented.

The administrators also advocate safe handling of chemicals and materials that also protect the environment, notably with regards to the use of mercury.

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Contemporary accounts of the process (website links)
Albornoz, Carlos Darío – Dagsargentinos.com.ar
Culver, Sean – Seanculver.com
Danforth, Jonathan – Shinyphotos.com
Kerun, Marc – Disactis.com
Kessell, Mark – Studiocyberia.com
Mertens, Eric – TheDagLab.com
Motamedi, Jason Greenberg – Motamedi.info
Robinson, Mike – Dagazine.com – account of the historical process
Schreiner, Charlie – NewDags.com
West, Christopher Brenton – Daguerreotypes.co.uk

Modern articles on the process
Baker, Roger Jr – “Surface Films on Daguerreotypes”,
History of Photography, Vol. 4, No. 2, April 1980.
Hurlock, John – “Warming Up to Cold Mercury”,
The Daguerreian Society Annual, 1998. (pdf file – 0.84mb)
Hurlock, John – “The Light at the End of the Bromine, The truth is out there,
The Daguerreian Society Annual, 2000. (pdf file – 1.26mb)
Hurlock, John & Rickart, Eric – “Frozen in Time: Preserving the Daguerreotype Latent Image”,
The Daguerreian Society Annual, 2002. (pdf file – 1.96mb)
Hurlock, John – “Unlocking the Secret: Hyper-sensitizing Daguerreotypes with Light”,
The Daguerreian Society Annual, 2004. (pdf file – 2.38mb)
Nelson, Ken – “The Cutting Edge of Yesterday”,
The Daguerreian Society Annual, 1990. (pdf file – 4.8mb)
Nelson, Ken – “Mercury and the Daguerreotypist: A Modern Assessment”,
The Daguerreian Society Annual, 1994. (pdf file – 8.5mb)
Pobboravsky, Irving – “Study of Iodized Daguerreotype Plates” (pdf file – 6.8mb)
Pobboravsky, Irving – “Exposure guide” (pdf file – 40kb)
Stockton, Andy – “Making Glass Daguerreotypes” (pdf file – 672kb)

New Daguerreian Journal (1971-75)

Reproduced here by the kind courtesy of the publisher, Walter Johnson, whom all copyright resides with. Copies of the NDJ are also available from Walter on CD.

History of the NDJ (20kb)
Vol. 1, Issue 1 (3.4mb)
Vol. 1, Issue 2 (3.8mb)
Vol. 1, Issue 3 (6.3mb)
Vol. 1, Issue 4 (8.1mb)
Vol. 1, Issue 5 (7.2mb)
Vol. 1, Issue 6 (5.9mb)
Vol. 2, Issue 1 (7.0mb)
Vol. 2, Issue 2 (7.9mb)
Vol. 2, Issue 3 (7.7mb)
Vol. 2, Issue 4 (7.0mb)
Vol. 3, Issue 1 (5.2mb)
Vol. 3, Issue 2 (5.6mb)
Vol. 3, Issue 3 (6.5mb)
Vol. 3, Issue 4 (5.2mb)

General Writing
The adventures of Professor Simon Alexander Wooley- pdf file – 60kb
Convocation of Latter Day Daguerreans (July 9-11, 1976)
Making Daguerreotypes – My First 12 Months – David Burder- pdf file – 420kb
How I made Daguerreotypes in 1972 – Walter Johnson- pdf file – 1.1mb
Making a Daguerreotype portrait of the Rinharts (1973) – pdf file – 280kb
Save That Film Pack Adapter – pdf file – 752kb
Dominique Genty’s Daguerreotypes and Scientific Analysis – pdf file – 1.46mb
Plate Size Comparison Guide – pdf file – 787kb

Materials safety data sheets (Courtesy Spectrum Chemicals)
Bromine (pdf link – 122b)
Chlorine (pdf link – 96kb)
Copper (pdf link – 78kb)
Gold Chloride (pdf link – 81kb)
Hydrochloric Acid (pdf link – 74kb)
Hydrofluoric Acid (pdf link – 75kb)
Iodine (pdf link – 107kb)
Mercury (pdf link – 114kb)
Nitric Acid (pdf link – 70kb)
Silver (pdf link – 78 kb)
Silver Nitrate (pdf link – 107kb)
Sodium Thiosulfate (pdf link – 52kb)
Sulfuric Acid (pdf link – 73kb)

Vintage manuals and accounts

Berry, Miles (1840) English patent of the Daguerreotype [transcription] (pdf file – 70kb)
Bisbee, A. (1853) History and Practice of Daguerreotyping (pdf file – 3mb)
Fisher, George Thomas (1845) Photogenic manipulation – Part II (website link)
Fisher, George Thomas (1843) Photogenic manipulation – Part III (pdf file – 1.1mb)
Baron Gros, J. B.-Louis (1850) Some Notes on Photography on Metal Plates (pdf file – 212kb)
Halleur, G C Hermann et al (1854) The Art of Photography: Instructions… (pdf file – 3.7mb)
Hill, L. L. (1850) A Treatise on the Daguerreoptype (pdf file – 3.5mb)
Hill, L. L. (1856) A Treatise on Heliochromy (pdf file – 9.4mb)
Hopkins, Geo. Reminiscences of daguerreotypy (website link)
Humphrey, SD (1849) A System of Photography (pdf file – 3.8mb)
Humphrey, SD (1858) American Hand Book of the Daguerreotype (pdf file – 469kb)
Lerebours, N.P. (1843) A Treatise on Photography (pdf file – 6.3mb)
Snelling, H (1849) The History and Practice of the Art of Photography (pdf file – 3.9mb)
Thornewaite, WH (1845) A Guide to Photography (pdf file – 2.9mb)
Ure, A. (1844) A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and mines (excerpts)
W.H.T (1843) Photographic manipulation (pdf file – 788kb)

Contemporary Cameras
Black Art Woodcraft
Rose, Ivan
Star Camera Company
tyguillory.com

Contemporary Cases
-illustrated posts on case construction
Centurydarkroom.com
Daguerreotypes.co.uk
CollodianArtistry.com
JohnCoffer.com
Moderndayantique.com
New Alchemy cases
Richmondaltphotography.com
Shinyphotos.com

Silver plating
Reliable Plating (Chicago, IL, USA) – Coult Greenwell www.reliableplating.com
Theta Plate (Albuquerque, NM, USA) – Aaron Velasquez www.thetaplate.net
Zapffe Silversmiths (Seattle, WA, USA) – Thad Thompson www.silvergiftstore.com

Materials Sources
ArtChemicals.com
Bostick & Sullivan
Daguerreotype Polishing Powder available from Rob McElroy’s Archive Studio, Buffalo, NY
Daniel Smith Art Supplies
Graphic Chemical and Ink Co.
LabSafety.com
McMaster-Carr Supply Co.
Photographers’ Formulary
Rio Grande
Spectrum Chemicals & Laboratory Products
Talas

Daguerreotype Conservation
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation – Daguerreotype Research Portal
Conservation of Stereo Daguerreotypes (pdf file – 3.6mb)
Housing System for Daguerreotypes (pdf file – 1.7mb)
New method of restoring daguerreotypes

Workshops
f295.org
McElroy, Rob
Photographers Formulary
Robinson, Mike
Spagnoli, Jerry

Vintage Daguerreotypes online
Collections (public)
American Antiquarian Society
American Philosophical Society
Bancroft Library
Craig’s Daguerreian Registry
Daguerreian Society
Daguerreotype Archive
George Eastman House
George Eastman House (Southworth and Hawes collection)
ICP – Young America exhibit of Southworth and Hawes
Harvard University
Library of Congress
Metropolitan Museum of Art – The Dawn of Photography: French Daguerreotypes, 1839–1855
Oakland Museum of California
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Collections (private)
brightbytes.com
Vieilalbum.com

buy/sell
Antiquephotographics.com/
Be-hold.com
Capitolgallery.com
JCosmas.com
Cwfp.biz
Daguerreotype.nl
Finedags.com
Iphotocentral.com
Greg French Early Photography
Kaufmanelson.com
Leegallery.com
Luminous-lint.com
Michaellehr.com
Perfectlikeness.com
Roykas.com
Stereographica.com
Stereoviews.com

Daguerre online
Neipce.com
Daguerre-bry.com
Metmuseum.org

Blogs

Institutions
George Eastman House
Société française de photographie
Mexican Society of the Daguerreotype (Sociedad Mexicana de Daguerrotipo)

 

Individuals
CasedImage.com
JonLewisPhotography.com
ShinyPhotos.com
TheDaguerreotypist.com
Oscar Colorado

 

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