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Discussion in 'Photographers' started by cliveh, Nov 18, 2013.
On this day, November 18, 1787.- Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre was born.
On this day in 1981 I was born.
Congratulations , junior !!!
happy birthday to the two of you !
Happy birthday Illumiquest and have a copper plate on me.
Do not for Mickey Mouse is today too
O;s mine too.
Mickey Mouse and Daguerre sharing the same birthday, now Fox Talbot would appreciate that.
Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre had nothing to do with the invention of photography. He was simply the Bill gates of his time but he backed the wrong horse. Talbot's positive / negative process is what we all use and celebrate.
Care to elaborate.
For the first decade and a half of photography (1839- ca.1855) the daguerreotype was THE dominant medium, not displaced until the advent of wet collodion. So to say that Daguerre had nothing to do with the invention of photography is at best horrendously misinformed. Certainly he was more a promoter than an inventor (he owed an intellectual debt to Nicephore Niepce among others), but he did make the connection between silver iodide and mercury as a developing agent, and he did get his process recognized and published before William Henry Fox-Talbot got his recognized. There is a tremendous amount to be said for being first to market, even if your product is flawed/inferior to its successors. And have you ever seen a real live daguerreotype? If you've ever held and contemplated one, you'd not be casting aspersions in his direction for his contributions to photography.
Lets put this into context, photography was not invented, but discovered by various people at different periods in history using a multitude of different processes. The overlap and variations are too numerous to mention. Take any of the halogen compounds and experiment with them long enough and you get an image. There are still many variations of basic chemical imagery yet undiscovered and untouched and well worth a lifetime of experimentation. However, Daguerre was unique in his particular process of image permanence, be it only a one shot process.
And when you think of archival quality, that daguerreotype you are holding has lasted far longer than your negative has.
My birthday also, in 1951.
seeing a daguerreotype
breathtaking! happy b-day lou, et al!