2021 Symposium: October 15-17 On Line!

The 33rd Annual Daguerreian Society Symposium will be virtual this year, and will be held October 15-17.

We look forward to another great virtual Symposium this year. Please join us — we look forward to seeing you.


If you're not already a member of The Daguerreian Society, it's a great idea to JOIN before registering for the Symposium. You'll immediately save $75 on your Symposium registration, which already covers most of the cost of membership. And you'll get all the other benefits of membership -- the Daguerreian Society Quarterly, the Daguerreian Annual, access to member-exclusive talks, and more. 



Here’s a summary of the schedule and events summary of the schedule:


The Symposium will open at 13:00 EDT with several video museum tours, followed by a welcome session. Our editors will provide a preview of the exceptional articles in this year’s Daguerreian Society Annual.

A highlight is the Photography Fair (more information below), which will be a joint venture with Marvin Getman and Impact Events Group. The Photography Fair opens to the public on Saturday and Sunday and will include offerings by top dealers and galleries from around the world. A special benefit to our Daguerreian Society members is an invitation to an exclusive special early buyer’s access premier on Friday, starting at 12:00 pm EDT.


The Photography Fair will open to the public at 12:00 EDT.

The program will begin with two panel discussions at 13:00 EDT. We will hold a paddle raise fundraiser for the society and offer a preview of the online auction. Consignments are even better than last year and offer an amazing array of photographic material from cased images and vintage paper prints to books, antique cameras and ephemera. The auction catalog will be online soon and once again online bidders from around the world can acquire new gems for their collections.


The program will open with the Daguerreian Society business meeting at 11:00 EDT. Your Board will present updates and solicit questions, recommendations and feedback from our members.

The Photography Fair will close at 20:00 EDT Sunday.

There will be two more panel discussions, followed by a summary event and closing session.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We are now delighted to offer sponsorship opportunities with our prestigious 2021 Virtual Symposium. Secure your package today and gain valuable goodwill and visibility for your brand with a diverse range of industry specific, receptive target audiences.

As a 501C-3 non-profit, our activities play a vital role in preserving, building awareness and helping to energize new generations. Keeping alive enthusiasm for 19th century in this day of throw-away digital imaging is crucial to the ongoing health of image oriented businesses and institutions. Through the Society’s sponsorship packages, you are delivering a double boost to your organization through both immediate visibility positioning/advertising and by helping to increase (through the Society’s educational work) the number of early photo enthusiasts for the future.

More information on sponsoring the Symposium is available here.

Photography Fair

This year's on-line Photography Fair is sponsored by The Daguerreian Society in conjunction with our 33rd annual Symposium.

The Fair is a virtual trade fair featuring 19th and 20th century photographs, books, and ephemera including images from the highest levels of the art to vernacular snapshots, collectible books, historical images, and a broad range of historical photographic material. It is a show for collectors, curators, galleries, and dealers.

The Photography Fair which will be a joint venture with Marvin Getman and Impact Events Group.

The fair will be hosted on Getman’s virtual show platform which was developed at the beginning of the pandemic to host his popular antiquarian book fairs. The platform quickly took hold as a gold standard as it emulated the experience of walking booth by booth at an in-person fair, and allows dealers from all over the world to meet buyers they
might never see at a live fair.

Members of the Daguerreian Society will have early preview access on October 15, and
dealers will be able to add new material as items are sold.

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