2018 Conference and Show

The 2018, 30th Anniversary Daguerreian Society

19th-Century Photography Annual Conference and Show

September 13-16, 2018,

at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York, NY.

The Conference

The Daguerreian Society 19th Century Photography Conference and Show returns to New York City for our 30th Annual event. This year the conference will be held at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel September 13 – 19th. The events begin with tours on Wednesday and Thursday.

Formal events begin with the opening reception Thursday evening. Friday is filled with presentations about 19th century photography and early photographic processes. Friday evening is typically room hopping nights, when many dealers open their rooms for conference attendees.

The trade show opens Saturday morning with top dealers and collectors offering over 70 tables of historic photographs and related materials. This year a tintype portrait studio will offer attendees the opportunity to have mono and stereo portraits taken at the event. Conference registration entitles attendees to early entry to the trade show, while others can enter as early buyers for $50. 

Saturday evening is a second reception, silent auction, and preview of the annual live auction of photographica before a fabulous Saturday evening all-you-can-eat Buffet Banquet evening banquet. After the banquet the annual live and online auction of fine photographica provides an opportunity for collectors, dealers, and curators to purchase exceptional images while helping generate revenue for the Society.

Sunday morning the Daguerreian Society hosts its annual business meeting to share in formation and interact with our members. After the meeting, attendees can take advantage of additional tours and the rich portfolio of museums, exhibitions and events in New York City.

Your conference registration includes:

-Our spectacular Thursday evening opening reception;

-Access to scheduled tours (limited space and reservations required so register early)

-Our exceptional Friday speaker presentations

-Hospitality Room (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (?)

-Early admission at 9:30 am. to the Saturday Trade Show

-Our fabulous Saturday evening all you can eat Buffet Banquet;

-Silent & Live Benefit Auctions;

-Admission to the 2018 Business Meeting.

Revenue from the Conference, Trade Show, and Auction support the Daguerreian Society (https://daguerreiansociety.org), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization "Dedicated to the History, Science, and Art of Early Photography and Processes."

The Conference Hotel:

Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
811 7th Avenue 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-581-1000
Toll-free: 888-627-7067

To reserve your room at a Special Group Rate of $299.00, please book through this site.



Hospitality Room

The Daguerreian Society will open a hospitality room for conference attendees on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Contemporary Daguerreians, collectors curators and dealers can gather to share passion, projects and participate in the camaraderie of our 30th annual event.

Conference Presentations

The list of speakers is not in the order they will be speaking.

Grant Romer: our keynote speaker, whatever he chooses to talk on, we know it will be fabulous.

Denise Bethel: Putting the Plot In:  My Life with Daguerreotypes

From a sixth-plate of Edgar Allan Poe to a full-plate of John Calhoun, Denise Bethel’s long career in the world of photography has been punctuated by a number of remarkable daguerreotypes.  Now, looking back on nearly 40 years, Bethel will relate what daguerreotypes have meant to her understanding of the photographic medium as a whole, as well as its market.  Or, as someone once said, “When you look back, you get to put the plot in.” 

Sean Corcoran: Victor Prevost – Early New York on Paper
Born in La Rochelle, France in 1820 (d. 1881), Charles Henri Victor Prevost created some of the earliest known calotypes of New York City. Prevost learned the paper negative process from Gustave Le Gray before emigrating to America in 1848. Although a popular process in Europe, photography created with paper negatives never truly took hold in America.  Drawing from photographs in the collection of the Museum of the City of New York and other institutions, the presentation will focus on the photographer’s work in New York City and an exploration of what they reveal about the city at that time. Additionally, the presentation will include early examples of Prevost’s photographs made in France along with biographical context regarding his work in painting, printmaking and the sciences.

Edith Cuerrier: The Gabriel Cromer Collection at the George Eastman House

One of the George Eastman Museum’s foundational collections, the Gabriel Cromer Collection, is made up of the most important holdings of early French photography outside of France. The Cromer Collection Project, supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, involves cataloging and digitizing more than five thousand photographic objects of all kinds: daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, salted and albumen prints, photomechanical prints, albums, ephemera, three-dimensional objects, cameras, pamphlets and books, early motion studies, and more. Notably, the collection includes Daguerre’s daguerreotype portrait by Sabatier-Blot and a daguerreotype portrait by Daguerre himself, as well as a Giroux camera. Edith Cuerrier was hired in 2018 to be the project cataloger on a team also made up of a curator/leader and a digitization technician. Edith will introduce you to the project and to collector Gabriel Cromer as she highlights some of his collection’s most fabulous and intriguing photographic treasures.

Jan Herman: Moon on a Silver Plate

In 1985, while serving as chief medical historian of the Navy and curator of the Old Naval Observatory, I became acquainted with Dr. Susan Barger, daguerreian scholar and, at the time, on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University. Because of my association with the U.S. Naval Observatory, the two of us devised a plan to duplicate one of the first celestial daguerreotypes of the moon. These early daguerreotypes were made between 1849 and 1851 by astronomer George Bond and Boston photographer John Whipple.


Traditionally the Society offers its exhibitors the opportunity to preview their wares the night before the 19th-Century Photography Show, during the Friday night Room-Hop. Dealers can list themselves and their room numbers with Diane Filippi during registration for this event, and get a door sign to post that it is OK to knock and come in and visit. Only dealers in the show are allowed to list their rooms with the Society.

The Room-Hop will begin on Friday night from 8 p.m. for all those who would like to participate as exhibitors and as early buyers.

Trade Show

The Trade Show in conjunction with the Conference will present over 70 tables of exceptional historic photographs and related material, showcasing the offerings of top dealers, many who have exhibited at AIPAD Photography Show, Paris Photo, Photo LA, D.C. Antique Photo Show and other major photographica shows. Like our annual Spring Photographica Fair, dealers and collectors at our Fall Conference will offer 19th, 20th and 21st century photographs and books, including images from the highest levels of the art photography to vernacular snapshots. Collectible books, historical prints, ephemera and related material will also be available. In addition, a live collodion studio will offer attendees an opportunity to have their mono and stereo tintype portraits made. Table rates start at $XXX per table for Daguerreian Society members ($XX for non-members) and additional information is available by contacting XXX.

Annual Cocktail Party/Banquet

The evening of Saturday, September 15, the Society will host its annual cocktail party and banquet, followed by our live auction. The cocktail party will be held in the XXXX. The items in the Auction will be available online for those unable to attend and viewable during the entire day on Saturday, including the cocktail hour. The buffet banquet will be held in the XXX, followed by the live auction.

Annual Live and Internet Auction

This year’s auction will also be held on the evening of Saturday, September 15, immediately following the banquet dinner. In addition to the online catalog on the Live Auctioneer site, conference attendees will be able to preview the auction items all day Saturday. The Daguerreian Society auctions present exceptional quality items 

July 15 is the deadline for consigning or tax-deductible donations to the Society auction. Each year, many top collectors, dealers and curators to attend in person, and with online and left bids, auction se fierce bidding and realize top prices.

How to Join and/or Register for the Programs

If you want to join as member, please use secure securely by credit card, PayPal, or electronic check on the Daguerreian Society website here or call Diane Filippi at 1-412-221-0306 (M, Tu, or , from 9–5 p.m. EST). Conference registration is available here, or you can print send the PDF here  to: The Daguerreian Society, PO Box 306, Cecil, PA 15321. 


Current company and individual sponsors for this year’s conference and for the pre-conference symposium include:


Here’s the list of previous sponsors for the 2016 event

Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers
ACM Services/Sarah Morthland Appraiser
Swann Galleries
Cowan Auctions
Gawain Weaver Conservation
I Photo Central
Vintage Works, Ltd.

Michael Lehr
19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop
Penelope Dixon & Associates
Phillips Auctions
Tru-Vue Glazing
Jeff Green
USFotoFairs, L.L.C. and the New York Photo Show

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