Mike Robinson has shared some images of his revival of a 19th century French design for half plate fuming boxes. The compact boxes feature a bottom pressure plate similar to a printing out frame back, to keep the iodine dish in contact with the ground glass. Mike explains that since the brass is on the other side of the wood from the iodine it doesn’t suffer from corrosion. The glass tray is flat pieces of glass glued with marine epoxy which is holding up well. The copper runners ensure the ground glass cannot be accidentally withdrawn and the whole design is very compact for the traveling daguerreian.
This Saturday, July 9th, Takashi Arai will be opening a three month solo exhibition of contemporary daguerreotypes at the Kawasaki City Museum. From Takashi:
I will exhibit 3 sets of brand-new works for this show:
The first series is “Mirrors in Our Nights,” twelve 8×10 daguerreotypes newly taken after the unforgettable day of March 11th. For many years Touhoku has been my mental mainstay, I tried to make each daguerreotype as an unique monument for my friends displaced by the earthquake and tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Fukushima.
The second set “Portraits of Us” includes 6 portraits of my family and one image from my grandfather’s funeral in the end of this March.
The third sequences are over 120 plates from “Daily D-type projects.” Since January 1st I’ve been taking one daguerreotype a day, and I will continuously add new plates to this show until October 10th.
Also, we would be happy if you would join us on July 16th at kawasaki City Museum for the artists’ talk with Mari Miki, a young conservator and former Mellon Fellow in Photograph Conservation in George Eastman House. I and Miki collaborated to make reproductions of ‘Eirikimaru’ daguerreotypes: the first photographed images of Japanese people in 1850.