Nov 18, 2011
So many of you probably noticed the google doodle today, it is the 224th Birthday of the photography pioneer Louis Daguerre.
In 1822 Joseph Nicéphore Niépce developed the first permanent photo. At the time Daguerre, who was best known for his Dioramas, saw the potential for developing Niépce’s technology to improve his work and the two formed a partnership. By 1839 the Daguerreotype had been perfected and demonstrated to the world at the Académie des Sciences and the Académie des Beaux-Arts. Shortly after the French government bought the patent from Daguerre and released the process to the world.
The Daguerreotype creates a positive image on a silvered copper plate, also known as a Sheffield plate. The finished image is somewhat like a mirror as it reflects light and must therefore be held at the correct viewing angle for the correct proportion of light and dark.
Shall we have a perusal of some of his greatest hits?
L’Atelier de l’artiste – 1837 First complete daguerreotype completed
The Solar eclipse of July 28th 1851 – First correctly exposed photograph of a solar eclipse