The History Of The Daguerreotype.

The daguerreotype is an obsolete photographic process, invented in 1839, in which a picture made on a silver surface sensitized with iodine was developed by exposure to mercury vapor.

In 1829, French artist and designer named Louis Jacques Daguerre and his partner, Joseph-Nicephore Niepce inventor developed a method to permanently capture images. The history of the daguerreotype, the first photographs.


A daguerreotype Shipyard McKay in East Boston, 1855


Portrait of a man named Rollin Heber Neal, conducted between 1843 and 1862


Portrait of an unidentified woman by Mathew Brady made between 1851 and 1860


Family members Henry W. Longfellow poet during a visit to Niagara Falls in June 1862


General Zachary Taylor Daguerreotype in uniform, taken by Mathew Brady during or after the Mexico-American War, between 1846 and 1849. Taylor was later elected as the 12th President of the United States, a position he held until his death in 1850.


Self Portrait by Robert Cornelius, conducted in October 1839. This seems to be the oldest portrait of history.


Clark sisters in a portrait made between 1840 and 1860. The writing on the back identifies women as (left to right) “Aunt Harriet Allen, Ladonna Today aunt, grandmother Joanette CB, Aunt Julia Millard, and aunt Laura


Joseph Story, judge of the Supreme Court, in a portrait made between 1844 and 1845

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