The Daguerreian Society

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Whether you're here just to browse around and look at images or whether you're already passionate about early photography, the members of The Daguerreian Society welcome you.

The Daguerreian Society brings together people from all over the world who are united by a common interest in the history of photography. Our members include students and teachers... museum curators and scientists... collectors and dealers... historians, photographers and artists. We formed in 1988 as a group "dedicated to the history, science, and art of the daguerreotype." Daguerreotypes -- the glittering, mirror-like images made by the world's first practical system of photography -- are only one part of what brings us together. Over the years, we've learned to appreciate the skills and knowledge of our fellow members, and their dedication to increasing the world's understanding of early photography and its role in history.

Our group publishes an Annual that's filled with great images discovered by our members and carefully-researched articles written by members. We also produce an illustrated Quarterly with even more useful information.

And once a year in the Fall we gather for a long weekend of fellowship that includes a symposium with fascinating speakers, a trade fair featuring daguerreotypes and other early photographs for sale, plus a banquet and an exhibition. Our six-day 25th Anniversary Symposium was held October 9-14 in Bry-sur-Marne, France.

If you enjoy your visit to this website, chances are you'll fit right in. So please -- join us!

The Daguerreian Society is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)3 organization.


BREAKING NEWS: the 2014 Daguerreian Society Symposium will be held in Austin, Texas on September 26-29 (final schedule).

The date had to be changed to work around a newly-announced Formula 1 race as well as other local events. Earlier plans have been adjusted to move activities into the weekend to minimize impact to attendees celebrating Rosh Hashanah.

Our hotel will be the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol. A link for information and our special rate for reservations is here.

An initial agenda for the Symposium is available, and more detail will be made available on the web site as additional plans are confirmed.

Daguerreian Society's Call for Papers

The Daguerreian Society is offering a call for original papers that adress and advance the understanding and appreciation of the Daguerreian era (ca 1830-1870) in relation to the art, history, social impact, collection, and practice of the daguerreotype and the other photographic processes of this period. Papers of up to thirty pages (~8,000 words) are requested for peer review by Keith F. Davis, Senior Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum, and by the publication committee. The winners will be published in the Daguerreian Annual.

Authors are responsible for securing all necessary rights and releases of images used as illustrations, and grant permission for one-time print publication and for future electronic access.


Submission of a 300-word abstract by March 1, 2014.

Review and notification by April 1, 2014.

Submission of completed manuscript with illustrations by June 1, 2014.

Review process and notification of selection by July 15, 2014.

The Society will recognize the best submission as selected by the review committee with a $1,000 award, and the best graduate student or new author submission with a $500 award. Each will receive complimentary registration to the 2014 Daguerreian Society Symposium in Austin, Texas.


Send electronic submissions to Diane Filippi at Please include in the subject line: Submission for 2014 Daguerreian Society Call for Papers.

Photos from the Daguerreian Society's 2013 Symposium in France, by Bob Lansdale and other members, are now available.

Check out The Daguerreian Society's Facebook group and consider joining!