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The daguerreotype was invented in Paris in 1839 by the painter Louis-Jacques Daguerre, and became a wildly successful form of portraiture among a rapidly growing middle class. Daguerre was a painter of theater background scenes, a job for which he often used a camera obscura to achieve proper perspective. His use of this tool instilled an interest in its potential for photographic use.

Through a mutual lens supplier, Daguerre became familiar with the experiments of Joseph Nicephore Niépce, who was successful in fixing the first photographic image. The two collaborated until Niépce's death, after which Daguerre continued to work until his discovery and perfection of the daguerreotype process in 1839.

Daguerreotypes were made by coating a copper plate with a highly polished layer... Read more

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May 26, 2018, 12:00 PM PST
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TWO UNUSUAL DAGUERREOTYPES within enamelled frames. Each image 8 cm x 9.5 cm & 9 cm x 10.5 cm. (2)

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