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

Note: Classes are only available to Covid-19 double Vaccinated Participants

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  • Ellie Young
    May 5, 2023 - May 7, 2023
    9:30 am - 4:30 pm
© Jerry Spagnoli
© Jerry Spagnoli

The Daguerreotype; A Contemporary Approach  – a workshop by New Yorker Jerry Spagnoli.

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

New addition to the 3 day workshop. 
This class will provide instruction in both the becquerel and traditional mercurial methods for producing daguerreotypes.

The becquerel process only requires light to develop the image and is a great way to safely produce daguerreotypes with a minimal amount of equipment.
The becquerel process was discovered in 1840 and is exactly the same as the more traditional approach except for the method of development.

The mercurial method will be taught using a device which restricts the fumes associated with the traditional process to a small container and eliminates the danger of exposure for the practitioner, making it possible to produce daguerreotypes of the same quality as those produced in the nineteenth century.

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.

© Jerry Spagnoli
© 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 must be made with your booking. © Jerry Spagnoli

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