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Daguerreotypes are images made by the first practical method of photography. Each daguerreotype is one-of-a-kind, made directly in the camera and not from a negative. Most are from the 1840s and 1850s.

For a great introduction to daguerreotypes, visit our online exhibition, AT EASE. It features rare "informal" American daguerreotype portraits and text from an 1851 article in The Daguerreian Journal.

Daguerreotypes by the first true American masters of photography are featured along with original texts in THE DAGUERREOTYPES OF SOUTHWORTH & HAWES. And there's often a daguerreotype or two in our changing "Selections" exhibit, which you can reach from the Museum's HOME PAGE or EXHIBITS PAGE.

You'll find great books on daguerreotypes in THE MUSEUM BOOK STORE.


Hundreds of people who study and collect daguerreotypes belong to The Daguerreian Society. You can connect to The Daguerreian Society through our Web Links.


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