Since its invention in 1839 as the first photographic process, the Daguerreotype has been unrivaled in its beauty, image detail, and demanding technical challenges. This class will guide participants through the labyrinth of a very complex chemical craft to the Dag promised land: an exquisite image on mirror-polished silver.
Students will learn the preparation of copper sheet for plating, how to polish and buff plates for fuming, the use and care of fuming boxes, fuming plates by color and contrast control balance using “quick stuff”, exposure and development over a mercury pot, gilding images with gold for permanence, and packaging the completed Dag for display.
To get the most from the program, participants should be comfortable working with photographic chemistry and come with a basic knowledge of view camera operations. All equipment and materials will be supplied.