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.
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-
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to connecting with you!