And yet the daguerreotypes
themselves tell a different story.
were displayed to wide acclaim and he received an honourable mention in the jury's official report.
For example, a cyanotype made by botanist Anna Atkins while she was studying flora in Ceylon in 1850 was exhibited next to a salt print of the Arch of Titus made the same year by Giacomo Caneva, while an encased daguerreotype
portrait of three men from 1850 by an unknown artist stood near a large-format photogravure of Alfred Stieglitz's The Steerage, taken in 1907 but printed in 1912, and a light drawing made by Barbara Morgan in 1940 hung next to a brightly-colored abstract dye-transfer drawing made by Clarence John Laughlin in 1944.
So there was excitement at Stockport auctioneers Maxwells when a group of daguerreotype
stereoscopic slides turned up, some signed with the initials "DS".
, ambrotypes were relatively cheap and framed examples were soon being sold for sixpence, making them the first truly popular photographs, available to most levels of society.
In its first incarnation, in the mid-19th century, the daguerreotype
was a one-off photograph made on a metallic plate.
received from space, he reported, showed that it was a kind of paradise:
The imagery of sun and shadow, pervasive throughout the Idylls, had new meaning to the nineteenth-century audience, thanks to the proliferation of daguerreotypes
by the 1840s and 1850s.
Women in Pants is a collection of over 150 photographs collected by Catherine Smith and Cynthia Grieg, and includes daguerreotypes
from as early as the mid-19th century and the full range of photographic types--cartes de visites, postcards, gelatin silver prints, boudoir cards, and so on--as photographic technology advanced.
For example, mirror images in daguerreotypes
often lead to confusing photos involving musical instruments.
of Frederick Douglass and John Brown have sold for $184,000 and $129,000, respectively.
Beginning with an examination of the daguerreotypes
of the Mexican-American War and closing with a selective survey of the nineteenth century illustrated book, Sandweiss delves into the ways in which American's pre-existing ideas and desires concerning the West influenced how photographs of the new territory would be made, marketed, and interpreted.