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?
As the premier historic photographic collecting organization, the Daguerreian Society brings together a diverse community united by a common interest in and passion for all types of early photography. Our international members include top museum curators and scientists, photo collectors and dealers, photo historians, photographers and artists, students and teachers, and contemporary practitioners of antiquarian processes. We invite anyone that loves 19th-century photography and its processes, history, impact, and aesthetics to join.

The Society was formed in 1988 as a group "dedicated to the history, science, and art of the daguerreotype," but has expanded its mission to include all forms of early photography and its processes; hence the Society's new mission and tag line: "dedicated to the history, science, and art of early photography and processes." Today, in addition to daguerreotypes, more than 90% of Society members collect other types of photographs and processes.

The group publishes an extensive Annual. The Annual features approximately 250 pages of unique research by Society members supported by scores of quality color reproductions and historical images. In publication since 1990, these volumes have become a prime resource for early photography study and appreciation.

The Society also produces an illustrated Quarterly, sent out in PDF format by email to the membership. The Quarterly features previously unpublished images, articles of interest, late-breaking news, Society information, and reviews of recent related books, exhibits and publications. Members have access to past issues on the web site in a password-protected area.

Each year the Society puts on a multi-day Conference program with fascinating speakers, tours, a major 19th-century Photography Show -- plus a grand opening reception, banquet, and Photography Auction.

Basic annual membership rates in the Society are $100 for U.S. and $125 for international members, although options vary from a low of $50 for students to higher levels that bring additional benefits. The registration process will guide you to the most appropriate membership level. You have many options to pay, including most credit cards and PayPal.

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The Daguerreian Society is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)3 organization.