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The Daguerreotype; A Contemporary Approach - Jerry Spagnoli - 3 Days


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© Jerry Spagnoli

The Daguerreotype; A Contemporary Approach  - a workshop by Jerry Spagnoli.

A unique opportunity to be instructed by one of the worlds renown practitioners in daguerreotype.  

You will be working with the same materials and many of the same techniques that were common at the dawn of photography.

The daguerreotype is an absolutely unique process, unlike any photo-technique you’ve used before, be prepared for an adventure.

We will be working with the Becquerrel method for producing our images. It only requires light to develop the image and avoids the most dangerous elements of the traditional process. This version of the process was discovered in 1840 and is exactly the same as the more traditional approach except for the method of development.


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© Jerry Spagnoli

I am interested in the historical context of the daguerreotype as well as its method. I’d recommend that you pick up “The Daguerreotype in America” by Newhall, published by Dover. It’s a good book and very inexpensive. Read it before you come to the workshop. Another very good book is "The Origins of American Photography" by Keith Davis which features an outstanding selection of nineteenth century daguerreotypes. My book “Daguerreotypes” is still available and you might find it interesting as well.

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First day Jerry will demonstrate how to make a daguerreotype, on the second and third day the students make daguerreotypes. Students will expect to make 3 to 4 daguerreotypes during the workshop.

If you shoot with a view camera, bring it along. We will be using 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch plates which fit easily into 4 x 5 holders. It is also possible to make contact prints onto a daguerreotype plate so bring along images you might like to try that with.

All materials including lunches will be provided. Class starts 9.30am and runs to 4.30pm each day


As there are limited spaces and strong interest  - full payment

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© Jerry Spagnoli

must be made with your booking.

Price: $1,400.00

Start Time: 10:30 pm
End Time: 5:30 am

Start Date: May 4, 2020
End Date: May 6, 2020

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