daguerreotypes

After much searching. I actually found a picture of an 18th century person still wearing their wig. Gentleman and Ladies, I present Martin Routh, born in 1755 and died in 1854. He was president of Magdalen College, Oxford from 1791 until his death. This daguerreotype was made in his final years, and it shows him still wearing a Dress Bob wig that looks to be of white horse hair. I thought this was just too cool to keep to myself so I wanted to share it with all my friends and followers.

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A collection of haunting daguerreotypes from the studio of Matthew Brady, one of the most celebrated 19th century American photographers. Daguerreotype portraits were made by the model posing (often with head fixed in place with a clamp to keep it still the few minutes required) before an exposed light-sensitive silvered copper plate, which was then developed by mercury fumes and fixed with salts. This fixing however was far from permanent – like the people they captured the images too were subject to change and decay. They were extremely sensitive to scratches, dust, hair, etc, and particularly the rubbing of the glass cover if the glue holding it in place deteriorated. As well as rubbing, the glass itself can also deteriorate and bubbles of solvent explode upon the image. See more here: http://bit.ly/1DILj5M

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At first glance, the photos above might seem like products of a dark room disaster, but they’re actually modern-day daguerreotypes. Instead of flexible negatives you think of with film, daguerreotypes use silver plated copper.

Tessa Traeger was given a treasure trove of old-fashioned camera equipment when a family member passed away. Instead of moving it to another attic, she decided to try her hand at the difficult technique. 

Photographer Breathes Life Into 19th Century Daguerreotypes

via Feature Shoot

Eclipse of the Sun,
William and Frederick Langenheim
Daguerreotype
On May 26, 1854, the Langenheim brothers made eight sequential photographs of the first total eclipse of the sun visible in North America since the invention of photography. Although six other daguerreotypists and one calotypist are known to have documented the event, only these seven daguerreotypes survive. Like all uncorrected daguerreotypes, the images look reversed laterally as in a mirror / {Called Back}

(via Les Beehive – Sundance tintypes by photographer Victoria Will)