Sep 10 2012
The Daguerreian Society has cancelled its contemporary daguerreotypes exhibit at its November symposium due to a lack of submissions. Feedback from daguerreotypists cited the lack of a return shipping option for artworks as a hurdle in submitting, not everyone was planning on attending so they wouldn’t be there to retrieve their images at the end of the exhibit.
This of course won’t be a issue with next years ImageObject exhibit as a Cdags admin and Penumbra/Center for Photography staff will be packaging up the daguerreotypes and shipping them back to the daguerreotypists (the cost of shipping though is to be paid for by the artist). Having two exhibits on the horizon may have confused some – a couple of people have asked about submitting plates but not attending. Just to clarify, for the ImageObject exhibit you don’t have to be attending in person to have your daguerreotypes in the exhibit. Submissions for selection are sent via email and then regardless of whether you’re attending the daguerreotypes need to be shipped to the Center for Alternative Photography ahead of time for the installation.
In other news the Dagforum is back up and running again, we took it down for a few days to do maintenance to combat the spam attacks it has been suffering of late. I have started a thread there on the ImageObject exhibit to give some background on it and to hear any thoughts/questions you might have.