Become a Member

Annual Memberships give you discounts on tables at 19th-Century Photography Annual Conference and Show and much more

Buy our Hardbound Annual

The Annual features over 250 pages of unique research by Society members supported by scores of quality reproductions and historical reprints.

Annual Symposium

Attend our Annual 19th-Century Photography Annual Conference and Show and learn about this unique photographic medium

Learn About Daguerreotypes

What is the difference between a daguerreotype, an ambrotype and a tintype?
The Daguerreian Society is the leading organization dedicated to the history, technology, art, and preservation of 19th-century photography. Our international membership brings together photography collectors and dealers, museum professionals, historians, scientists, students, educators, photographers, and artists. A 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 1988, The Daguerreian Society welcomes all who share an interest in early photography.


Our Mission


The Daguerreian Society is committed to advancing the understanding and appreciation of daguerreotypes and other early photographs. Our purpose is to inform and inspire our members, build a sense of community, and contribute to the scholarship and preservation of 19th-century photography. We fulfill this mission through a variety of publications, events and activities:


• Members receive, at no additional cost, The Daguerreian Annual, a full-color printed book filled with original articles, fascinating research, and great images that you won’t see anywhere else. Produced since 1990, these volumes have become a prime resource for the study and appreciation of early photography.


The Daguerreian Society Quarterly – a magazine delivered by email, filled with more stunning images, news from the Society, and reviews of relevant books and exhibitions. Members have access to past issues on the web site in a password- protected area.


• Our biggest event each year is a multi-day program with fascinating speakers, tours of important institutional collections, a major 19th-century Photography Fair with offerings from top international dealers and galleries in all price ranges, a fundraising auction, a banquet and reception, and other opportunities for learning and fellowship.


• A membership directory, available exclusively to members, to help you connect with experts and fellow enthusiasts. These connections can lead to long-term associations, better research, and greater understanding of areas as diverse as conservation and historic photographic practices.


• Special online resources for contemporary daguerreotypists and others utilizing period photographic processes.


• In addition, we maintain an extremely active Facebook group to serve members and non-members alike in sharing images and discussions about 19th-century photography and about contemporary works produced with period techniques.


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Benefits of membership
Options for joining/renewing
Recent educational programs (available on demand)


For a printable summary of the Society's benefits as well as a physical form you can use to join or renew, download our brochure.


Please feel free to contact us with any questions at info@daguerreiansociety.org. We look forward to connecting with you!