Åke Hultman, of Sweden, has just published a Blurb book about his daguerreotypes entitled, CONTEMPORARY DAGUERREOTYPES 2006-2011. Click here to purchase the book and use the code SHIPFREE2 for free shipping (the code might only be available for a limited time).
A new gallery has been added to the technology glaeries showing the camera of Walter Johnson. Walter also sent in a description of using old film pack adapters for shooting with daguerreotype plates, which has been added to the general writing section of the resources pages.
Back in the 1970′s Walter Johnson taught historic photographic processes including the Daguerreotype through the Ohio State University. In the class room he took on the persona of Professor Simon Alexander Wooley to enliven the tuition. Accompanying the images of his teachings (in the workshops section of the technology galleries) is a written account that has been added to the general writing section of the Resources page.
Another veteran daguerreotypist reviewing his oeuvre has submitted images for his gallery. Walter has managed to unearth half a dozen plates from yesteryear as well as a more recent self portrait. Also submitted was a account of taking a 1973 portrait of the famous photo historians Floyd and Marion Rinhart, the pdf of that is now in our “general writing” section of the resources section.
In the heyday of the 1970′s daguerreotype revival a gathering of contemporary daguerreotypists occurred on Staten Island, New York. Its aim was to share experiences of coming to terms with the process, to further the state of the art. A written account of the meeting provides insight into the trials of being a modern daguerroetypist and so we have added this to a new section – “General Writing” on the resources page.
Further distinguishing our modern articles resource is the seminal 1971 study of iodized plates by Irving Pobboravsky. When initially asked if we could add it to this site, Irv pointed out, with Herschel-like humility, that it was not a how-to-do-it manual but a scientific study, and it “would bore the hell out of most daguerreotypists”. He said also that “it would need to include a disclaimer saying that the author was not responsible if the reader fell asleep and somehow hit his head when falling to the floor.”
Far from causing such a response, it joins the other fine modern articles in the resources section that widen our angle of view on the genre.