Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Daguerreotypes were a sophisticated form of early photography. The photograph was taken and the plate processed. The processed plate resulted in the actual photo. It involved the skills of the photographer both at the time of the "shoot" as well as at the time of the processing.
The images taken were incredibly detailed and generally at much higher resolutions than we would typically use today.
This art didn't last long, but the remaining dags are highly sought after by collectors.
The Smithsonian book about the subject is getting scarce in this condition - and quite valued by collectors.