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  • June 30, 2024 4:32 PM | David Fondiller (Administrator)

    A quarter-plate daguerreotype by Mike Robinson, purchased by Beverly and Jack Wilgus at the 2021 Symposium. Robinson at one of his daguerreotype-making workshops.

    As a special free event at this year’s Daguerreian Society Symposium in Houston, daguerreian artists will gather on Friday evening, October 18, to show and discuss their work with conference attendees and any member who would like to attend.

    The event, from 7 pm to 11 pm at the InterContinental Houston (Yaupon Room), will feature modern daguerreotypes created using authentic 19th-century techniques. All attendees and members are welcome to share images and bring questions. Some modern daguerreotypes will be available for purchase.

    “Collectors, teachers, and historians will have a chance to talk with makers of daguerreotypes to better understand daguerreotype materials and, of course, see great modern images,” said Society President Dr. Mike Robinson, one of the organizers.

    In addition to Robinson, other 21st-century artists expected to attend include Jerry SpagnoliKen NelsonJohn Hurlock, and Grant Romer.

    It has been over a decade since the Society has organized an in-person gathering like this, Robinson said.

    “People new to the process will have an opportunity to discuss all aspects of modern daguerreotype making and the artistry that goes into it with experienced makers who have craft knowledge that can add to the appreciation of historic images.”

    If you’re a daguerreian artist and planning to attend, please let Robinson know at The more, the merrier! 

  • June 27, 2024 5:33 PM | David Fondiller (Administrator)

    Members may access the latest Quarterly from the Quarterly and Newsletter Archive page in the site's members-only section. The "compact" version is suitable for reading on screen or printing at home. The "print-quality" version is much larger and designed for high-quality printing.  

    Inside this issue...

    • Latest details on the next Daguerreian Society Symposium & Photo Fair, Oct. 17-19 in Houston
    • Carlos Vertenessian reports on recent experimental daguerreotypes by Grant Romer
    • Cindy Motzenbecker shares tales of being on the road and connecting with various Society members 
    • Stephen Perloff recaps highlights from photography auctions at Sotheby's, Fleischer's, and Freeman’s | Hindman
    • Board nominations for the 2025-27 term
    • In Memoriam: Richard Berbiar
  • May 25, 2024 11:32 AM | David Fondiller (Administrator)

    Plans for the 2024 Daguerreian Society Symposium & Photo Fair in Houston Oct. 17-19 are shaping up nicely. Now is the time to start making arrangements. Here’s what you need to know:

    • A special group rate of $165 + taxes has been secured at the Intercontinental Houston.
    • Visit the hotel’s website using this link to lock in this deeply discounted rate before the Society’s reserved block of rooms fills up. 
    • Or book by phone by calling the hotel at 713-422-2779 and select option 2 to be directed to the reservations department.

    Members are also encouraged to register for the conference early. Registration is now available through our website here.

    • Early registration for members is $350 (ends Sept. 17)
    • Late registration for members, $375 (after Sept. 17)
    • Non-member registration, $400

    Member dealers can purchase a center table for $200 or a wall table $250.

    Visit the Symposium & Photo Fair page for further details!

  • May 17, 2024 9:04 PM | David Fondiller (Administrator)

    Have a story to tell? Your fellow members want to hear it!

    Propose a talk for The Daguerreian Society Symposium, Oct. 17-19 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

    Based on member comments from previous Symposiums, there’s interest in a wide range of topics, including:

    • Collections management including appraisals, insurance, conservation, archival storage, cataloguing
    • Pivotal figures in daguerreotypy/19th-century photography
    • Hidden gems/Overlooked collections/Discoveries
    • Market trends:  how values have changed and what’s likely to happen next

    Please keep in mind: 

    • All talks must be illustrated with compelling images. Members tend to be visually-oriented people – we’d rather sit through 25 minutes of images without narration than endure a talk of the same length with only a few pictures.
    • Shorter talks will be given preference.
    • You do not need any special credentials – our speakers, like our members, come from all walks of life.

    To submit your idea for a Symposium presentation, email a summary, estimated running time, and 3 to 5 sample images to

    See you in Houston!

  • May 04, 2024 12:59 PM | David Fondiller (Administrator)

    As reported in the latest Daguerreian Society Quarterly, Board Member Carlos Vertanessian and the graphic designer Fabio Massolo have created a new poster to promote the Society and inspire appreciation of early photographic images and technologies.

    The poster features a dazzling display of 19th-century photographs and early photographic literature, drawn from Carlos’s own collection and those of several other Society members.

    Two high-resolution versions of the poster are available for free download and self-printing.

    A3 version - 11.7 x 16.5 inches / 297 x 420 mm
    A4 version - 8.3 x 11.7 inches / 210 x 297 mm

    To print at home, download the A4 version and select “fit to paper” in the settings under “scale.”

    To print on A3 or Tabloid/Ledger paper at a copy center such as FedEx, UPS or Staples, download the file to your computer or a portable storage device (i.e., flash drive) and then upload the file online or take the drive to a copy store. Be sure to tell them to fit to paper. You might also want to choose a heavier-than-usual paper stock.

    The goal of this combination of images was to achieve a visually attractive depiction of the wide scope of interests — scholarly, collecting, historical — that The Daguerreian Society covers, from the invention of photography until the end of the 19th century.

    Looking at the poster, how many photographs can you recognize? Can you spot works by Julia Margaret Cameron or Francis Frith? Who made that lunar stereo? Which pioneer of photography appears twice?

    Happy hunting!

    * * *

    Paper Size Primer

    • A3 paper is twice the size of A4 and is commonly used for larger documents, such as posters.
    • A4 is the standard paper size used in most countries, including the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and many other parts of the world.
    • In North America, the most popular paper sizes are Letter (8.5 × 11 inches), Legal (8.5 × 14 inches) and Tabloid/Ledger (11 × 17 inches).
  • May 04, 2024 10:30 AM | David Fondiller (Administrator)

    If you are a member and would like to help publicize the 2024 Symposium in Houston, we have marketing materials that can help.

    The Society has created two printed postcards for distribution at trade fairs and in dealer mailings to customers.

    One of the cards promotes the 19th-century Photo Fair on Saturday, Oct. 19.

    The other is for the Symposium overall from Oct. 17-19. It features on the front a daguerreotype of Sam Houston from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - our host institution.

    If you’re interested in receiving a shipment to share with clients and anyone else you think would be interested, please reach out to Business Director Diane Philippi at

  • April 09, 2024 8:32 PM | Ron Coddington (Administrator)

    The latest edition of the official yearbook of The Daguerreian Society has been published. The 280-page book includes a range of studies that reveal the artistry, technology and cultural impacts of 19th-century photography.

    Editor Stephen Perloff and Assistant Editor Sarah Weatherwax note, "The editors would like to thank the authors for all their contributions to this year’s Annual and to the Publication Committee for all their help in shepherding this publication along from its inception to its final printing."

    The book includes 13 feature stories and a portfolio section with four more stories, each focused on single images.

    • "Cardomania Comes to America: Utility, Social Media, and Artistry in the 1850s and 1860s" by Ronald S. Coddington
    • "A Shared Journey: The Photographs of Leavitt Hunt and Nathan Baker" by David R. Hanlon
    • "'Imperceptible Objects Reproduced in all their Details': the Journal des Jeunes Personnes Announces Daguerre’s 'Opérations'” by Karin J. Bohleke
    • "New Jersey’s First Female Daguerreotypist: Charlotte Prosch and Her Family" by Gary D. Saretzky
    • "What Causes Ephemeral Colors in Daguerreotypes" by John R. Hurlock
    • "Art and Soul: Southworth & Hawes, Reconsidered in the (Heavenly) Light of New Documentary Evidence" by Jeanne Schinto
    • “'...on Broadway': New York City emerges as a center of photography" by Kenneth E. Nelson and Jeremy Rowe
    • "Traveling Photographers in 19th-Century America" by Carl Mautz
    • "The First Private Photographic Trip to the Grand Canyon: E. O. Beaman Betrayed 'In a Lonly Country'” by Joe Bauman
    • "Further Excursions: A Beaman Portfolio" by Joe Bauman
    • "Colgate Confesses! The Spirited College Portraits of William Hoyt Colgate" by Wm. B. Becker
    • "John Plumbe, Jr.: Innovative Daguerreian Printmaker" by Cliff Krainik
    • “'Mrs. Genung and Miss Cary, Artists of Established Merit': Two Pioneering California Photographers" by Sean William Nolan
    • Portfolio: "South Carolina Gentry" by Ken Habeeb
    • Portfolio: "A Man Displaying the French Fourierist Newspaper, La Démocratie pacifique" by Wm. B. Becker
    • Portfolio: "Martha T. Mitchell" by Robert W. Caldwell
    • Portfolio: "Love Unremitting, Emotions Unrelenting by Philippe Maurice

    The Daguerreian Annual encourages submissions of new research and criticism in the field of 19th-century photography. Authors are responsible for providing publication-quality images, together with permissions from the appropriate owners or rights managers to publish those images in print and in future digital distributions. The Editorial staff selects and reviews submitted materials in conjunction with members of the Publications Committee of The Daguerreian Society.

    Before submitting an article, authors are advised to send a brief inquiry describing their topic, approach, anticipated length of text, and supporting images. Send your submission to Sarah Weatherwax.

  • April 06, 2024 9:41 PM | Ron Coddington (Administrator)

    The Daguerreian Society's Publication Committee is actively seeking proposals for this year's Annual. Available in print since 1990, The Daguerreian Annual features over 250 pages of unique research. Every year, we call for submissions to showcase unique and distinctive research about all aspects of 19th-century photography.

    If you have an subject in mind, answer our 2024 call!

    Submitting is easy: Email a 300-word abstract and 3-6 images to Assistant Editor Sarah Weatherwax. Deadline is May 1. Your submission will be reviewed and considered for inclusion by the full Publication Committee.

    Contact us with questions.

  • March 23, 2024 4:19 PM | David Fondiller (Administrator)

    Members may access the latest Quarterly from the Quarterly and Newsletter Archive page in the site's members-only section. The "compact" version is suitable for reading on screen or printing at home. The "print-quality" version is much larger and designed for high-quality printing.  

    Inside this issue...

    • Jeremy Rowe shares a tale of two daguerreotypes that came with surprises
    • Latest details on the next Daguerreian Society Symposium & Photo Fair Oct. 17-19 in Houston
    • First look at a new poster promoting the Daguerreian Society and 19th-century photography...and the story behind it
    • Stephen Perloff previews highlights of upcoming auctions
    • A postscript to Sean Nolan's 2023 Daguerreian Annual article on Amanda Genung, a pistol-packing pioneering photographer
  • December 22, 2023 5:00 PM | David Fondiller (Administrator)

    Just in time for the holiday season, when many people review their annual plans for charitable giving, the Daguerreian Society has created a new page on the website to facilitate donations. 

    The new Donations page can be found at

    In 2024, the Society plans to develop the page further to suggest various levels of giving and to enable additional payment methods to make giving as easy as possible. 

    For U.S.-based members, donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law because the Society is a 501(3)c nonprofit organization. 

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