Articles and Essays

  • The Daguerreotype Medium Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre invented the daguerreotype process in France. The invention was announced to the public on August 19, 1839 at a meeting of the French Academy of Sciences in Paris. American photographers quickly capitalized on this new invention, which was capable of capturing a "truthful likeness." Daguerreotypists in major cities invited celebrities and political figures to their studios in the hopes of obtaining a...
  • The Plumbe Daguerreotypes In 1972 when interest in collecting photographs was just becoming popular, collector Michael Kessler found seven daguerreotypes of architectural subjects at the Alameda flea market in San Francisco. After the tarnished plates were cleaned, Kessler sent copy photographs of six of the images to the Library of Congress for assistance in identifying the buildings.
  • Preservation of the Daguerreotype Collection Daguerreotypes can be easily damaged. Treatment involves a certain level of risk and should be done under the supervision of a professional conservator.
  • Timeline of the Daguerreotype Era Advances in the medium and related historical events
  • Mirror Images: Daguerreotypes at the Library of Congress Photographer unidentified. [Occupational portrait of a woman working at a sewing machine] sixth plate daguerreotype, ca. 1853. This presentation illustrates the major subjects represented in the Daguerreotypes Collection. Each of the categories below feature selected highlights from the collection.