The Daguerreian Society brings together a community of people from all over the world, who are united by a common interest in and passion for early photography of all types. Our members include top museum curators and scientists, photo collectors and dealers, photo historians, photographers and artists, as well as, students and teachers. Anyone that loves 19th-century photography and its processes should join.
The Society was formed in 1988 as a group "dedicated to the history, science, and art of the daguerreotype". In 2012 the Society changed and expanded its mission to include all forms of early photography and its processes.
The group publishes an extensive Annual. The Annual features over 250 pages of unique research by Society members supported by scores of quality reproductions and historical images. In publication since 1990, these volumes have become a
prime resource for early photography study and appreciation.
The Society also produces an illustrated newsletter, which is currently published quarterly, with other useful information on photo history and the Society and its members, which will be sent out in PDF format by email to the membership. This newsletter features previously unpublished images, articles of interest, late-breaking news, Society information, and reviews of recent books and publications.
Each year the Society puts on a five-day Symposium with fascinating speakers, tours, a major 19th-century Photography Show featuring early daguerreotypes and
other early photographs for sale, plus a banquet, photography auction and an exhibition.
The Society plans to hold some of its annual Symposium in Europe in the future, as it did in Paris in 2013. Other smaller educational programs and tours are planned in addition to the annual Symposium and these events will be held in both the U.S. and around the world for the Society's members' enjoyment and benefit.
The Daguerreian Society is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)3 organization. In order to join this vibrant group, just click here.
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