Sep 24 2009
Congratulations to the daguerreian world come from Marc Kereun, President of the Daguerre Association:
“First of all, I wanted to warmly thank all participants in this memorable daguerreian event. This exhibition could not be a such large demonstration of the richness of artistic creation using Louis Daguerre process today, if daguerrians authors hadn’t have participated in lending their artworks. I would like to give many special thanks to cdags.org web site through which the communication has started and be maintained during the preparation.
The day of inaugural visit, I was very touched by the presence of many daguerreian authors from any countries, seeing the joy on their eyes.
To open the ceremony, I remembered to the people the 170th birthday of the announcement of the Daguerre’s daguerreotype process by Arago, making us the heirs (“héritiers”, in French) of Louis Daguerre. The emotion was high when the Major of Bry-sur-Marne told his inaugural speech, thanking all international participants and showing that this exhibition is a part of projects centered on Louis Daguerre’s inventions, of which includes the restoration of the Diorama.
So, each was persuaded by the quality of pieces, the diversity of the authors and of treated subjects, as well as the emphasizing of daguerreotypes by a specialized illumination. In this way, visitors understand the concrete place taken by the contemporary daguerreotype as a strong and original medium in the artistic photography.
Finally, this two inaugural days we were very interested by conferences on daguerreotype and diorama history, and the demo of Jerry Spagnoli shooting in daguerreotypes outdoors views of Hotel de Malestroit and Church of Bry-sur-Marne. The dags given by Jerry Spagnoli are displayed in cabinet during the exhibition which continue until October, 18th 2009″
Marc has also sent more images of the exhibit, taken on a tripod, which have been added to the exhibits main page on this site. More are to come of the individual artworks on display and will be added to the artists page of the exhibit.
Some numbers – there are 182 daguerreotypes on display by 44 exhibitors (sadly one had his parcel sent back by customs and the pieces did not make in time for the official opening) from 16 countries. This will add a few to the artist link list on the left of this webpage, bringing it up to 69 documented daguerreotypists.