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Daguerreotype Portraits: A Compelling New England Collection of Early Photographs

A daguerreotype is a highly detailed photographic image on a sheet of copper that has been plated with a thin coat of silver and then exposed to light. It is a one-of-a-kind direct positive, meaning that there is no negative from which to make multiple reproductions. Developed by Jacques-Louis-Mandé Daguerre, a French artist and scenic designer, the daguerreotype process was the first practical and widely available method of obtaining permanent images with a camera.… Read More

How to Identify a Daguerreotype: 5 Considerations When Looking at Early Photography

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How do you tell the difference between a daguerreotype, ambrotype, and tintype? If you’ve been browsing through the Early Photography Collection of Rod MacKenzie, you’ve seen these three types of early photography many times. Here are four questions to ask the next time you’re trying to identify an early photograph.