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.
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 2012 gathering took place in Baltimore, Maryland November 8-11, and our six-day 25th Anniversary Symposium will be 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 --
The Daguerreian Society is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
We've prepared a summary of future Daguerreian Society symposia to help you plan your attendance.
Announcement and questionaire for the 2013 Symposium in Bry-sur-Marne, France.
Photos from the Daguerreian Society's 2012 Symposium in Baltimore are now available:
Bob Lansdale's images
Marcel Safier's images
Check out The Daguerreian Society's Facebook group and consider joining!