Daguerre

November 18th, 2011 by katielloyd

Google reminds me that today is the 224th anniversary of the birth of Daguerre, inventor of the Daguerrotype a way to ‘print’ images.
He wasn’t the inventor of photography, that was Henry Fox Talbot some years earlier, but Daguerre was the first to patent his process in 1839, limiting its use. At first mercury was used to cure the plates on which the images were recorded so it was dangerously toxic. Previously exposures had to be for many hours so were totally impractical for portraits. Each image was unique.
What a long way we’ve come!



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