The daguerreotype is as much an object to hold in your hand as an image to look into. This class presents a method for producing high quality daguerreotypes without the use of the dangerous chemicals usually associated with the process. This method was discovered by Edward Bequerrel in the 1840's and has existed as a scientific curiosity until now. It is a process, simple in its parts but full of subtle techniques.
We will cover everything from how to manufacture daguerreotype plates to finishing and casing the final image and will also cover how to build and maintain the unique equipment necessary for you to continue on your own.
Production of film positives will be presented, for those who wish to use the contact printing method of exposing the plate, and how to modify a conventional film holder for those who wish to expose their plates in a camera. As a finishing touch, you will learn several methods for making cases to hold the finished image.
Daguerreotype: A Contemporary Approach
with Jerry Spagnoli
Workshops in Montana 7079 Hwy 83 Condon MT 59826
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About the Instructor
Jerry Spagnoli has worked with photo-based imagery for the past 20 years. For twelve years he has explored the potential of the daguerreotype as an expressive medium. The method he is presenting was developed for the Academy of Art College in San Francisco and has been refined to present a thorough introduction to this unique medium. You can see his work in his new book, "Daguerreotypes", published by Steidl. His work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Oakland Museum, The Chrysler Museum, and The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Fogg Museum, and The National Portrait Gallery.