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09/01/1839 Daguerrotype photo process is announced

The revolutionary process was explained, step by step, before a joint session of the Académie des Sciences and the Académie des Beaux-Arts, with an eager crowd of spectators spilling over into the courtyard outside. The process revealed on that day seemed magical. Each daguerreotype is a remarkably detailed.


  • Essentials 

  • History 

  • First mention in print (1835) and public announcement (1839) 

  • ''Camera obscura'' 

  • Plate manufacture 

  • The process 

  • Casing and other display options 

  • Unusual characteristics 

  • Reduction of exposure time 

  • Portraiture 

  • Proliferation 

  • Astronomical application in the 1870s 

  • Late and modern use 

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