California seems the place to be with more and more daguerreotype exhibits cropping up there, the latest on the horizon showcases the work of Eric Metens;
“I was excited to be asked to participate in a group art show at Kuhl Frames +Art in Oakland. Travis is the owner of this hip shop in downtown Oakland who is dedicated to representing emerging artist to the community and has very inspiring art shows hung in his space monthly… Among some of my older pieces I will be showing a group of occupational portrait daguerreotypes from an ongoing series that will be extended through the summer.”
This gallery in our contemporary daguerreotypes section of the galleries page, showcases images from private collections. With this we hope to widen the scope of modern daguerreotypy to be seen on the site and give purveyors of the genre a opportunity to contribute. Ownership of the plates is anonymous in the gallery, only the artist is attributed. If you own modern daguerreotypes you can submit them to the colectors’ gallery by emailing images to email@example.com
Long a figure in the modern daguerreian landscape Harvey Zucker has done much for the genre. As president of the New York Photo Historical society in its early days and in operating what was for many years the only solely photographic bookshop in NYC, Harvey shone light on daguerreotypes old and new. His own daguerreian images from the 1970′s now grace our galleries.
Keeping our galleries international are the becquerel images of Rossano Bertolo from Gorizia, Italy. Rossano is definately of the new generation of practitioners, making his first image just over two months ago. Like many of us he received advice and inspiration from a more experienced daguerreotypist, in Rossano’s case it was Giancarlo De Noia.
An interesting news story gleaned from the internet within hours of being published lead us to tracking down our latest artist Gallery. Tyler Suppha-Atthasitt is a lab tech and an adjunct professor of photography at Weber State University in Utah. New to the process and working out the exposure by theory he accomplished a self portrait that most would have given up on, but with true Daguerreian perseverance he succeeded. When he told me of the exposure I wrote back saying you meant 24 seconds right?:
“I indeed meant 24 minutes. It was shot with a 150mm only a few feet away. I was using sunlight through a sliding glass door and lying on the ground as to minimize head movement. I have generally been determining my exposures around a base time of 45 sec @ f/5.6 to get an EV of 14 to reproduce as a mid tone. From there, I count stops, zone technique, to figure compensating exposures. This was the only way I could make sense of it. In the end it wasn’t composed how I would prefer, but it’s tough to figure it out when working the camera yourself. 24 minutes, it was quite meditative”