The Daguerreian Society Talk Series – 2021

The Daguerreian Society is offering a new series of weekly online talks, on Zoom, that span the history, artistry, and technology of the daguerreotype and other 19th century photographs. We already have an impressive slate of talks by renowned experts, collection tours, and other topics as they develop. We will add new talks here as they are scheduled.

Unless otherwise noted, each week a $25.00 tax-deductible donation to The Daguerreian Society (a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)3 organization) will enable participation in the Zoom presentation.

On the morning of the talk each participant will receive an email with the Zoom information including a unique passcode that we ask you not to share. Access to each talk will be by screen, not by person, so you can invite others to join you in person as you watch the presentation.

We have a primer on using Zoom here.

In addition, participants will be able to access high-quality video of the presentation, made available a few days after the presentation itself. Each video is accessed using the password sent the day of the presentation. If you are unable to attend a presentation live, you can  donate for it later, be sent the password, and watch on your own schedule. If you donate but misplace your password, contact talks@daguerreiansociety.org for a replacement. Passwords never expire, and can be used to watch a video multiple times.

Would you like to give a talk? We are soliciting proposals. Click here for more information.

If you have ideas or specific interests for presentations you'd like to see, please email talks@daguerreiansociety.org, post in our Facebook Group "The Daguerreian Society", or add to the blog on The Daguerreian Society's web site.

Upcoming Presentations

Saturday January 23th, 1:30 pm Eastern time: Minnehaha Falls: A 19th Century History in Images

Presented by Karen E. Cooper

Saturday January 30th, 1:30 pm Eastern time: Dolls in Early Images

Presented by Jennifer Craft-Hurst

Previous Presentations

Saturday January 16th, 1:30 pm Eastern time: Greg French's Collection of Early African American Photography

Presented by Greg French

Greg will provide an overview of his collection of African American photography, with an emphasis on the earlier material, especially the daguerreotype, ambrotype and carte de visite formats. He’ll give insight into his choices and discuss the background and significance of some of the images.

Greg French began collecting antique photography including images of African Americans in 1981. In 1999, Mr. French was the biggest private lender to the groundbreaking PBS documentary ‘Africans in America.” In 2003 in conjunction with the Daguerreian Society Symposium he curated an exhibition from his collection entitled “Positive Images: Early African American Photographs” at Iocovozzi Fine Art in Savannah Georgia, with the assistance of Mark Johnson. Greg was co-founder of the multi-media project ‘Mirror Of Race’ with Gregory Fried and Derek Burrows. Recently Mr. French assembled a panel on African American images for the 2020 Daguerreian Society Symposium. He has lent images to many books, documentaries and exhibitions.

If you missed Greg French's Collection of Early African American Photography and would like access, you can donate here and will be sent the password.

Link to video (you will need to supply the password for the presentation; open the link in a new window to watch the video full screen).

Saturday January 9th, 1:30 pm Eastern time: Exploring the 1851 NGC 5-Plate Daguerreotype Panorama of San Francisco

Presented by Nick Wright

Join Nick Wright on a journey back in time to experience ultra-high resolution views of the Gold Rush San Francisco with wide panoramic views over the City. Mr. Wright has painstakingly recreated the early panorama by assembling the 1851 NGC multi-plate daguerreotypes of the nascent city as it developed. The location of the NGC panorama will be explored and the center plate recreated. We will also see the actual store ships in the Yerba Buena Cove before they were destroyed by fire in 1851. This is an amazing chance to see old San Francisco like never before.

Nick Wright is the founder of the History Alliance with 850,000 members including San Francisco History, US History. His specialty is in early San Francisco panoramic photography by Watkins, Muybridge, and W. H. Jackson etc.

If you missed Exploring the 1851 NGC 5-Plate Daguerreotype Panorama of San Francisco and would like access, you can donate here and will be sent the password.

Link to video (you will need to supply the password for the presentation; open the link in a new window to watch the video full screen).


Presentations from 2020, including those from The Daguerreian Society's 2020 Symposium, are available here.


 

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