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.

SAVE THE DATE: The 2015 Daguerreian Society Symposium will be held November 5-8, 2015 in Pasadena, California. The symposium headquarters will be at the Hilton Pasadena.

A block of rooms have been reserved for November 3-9, 2015. The special room rate of $169/night will be available until October 5 or until the rooms have all been booked whichever comes first. You can book your room here.

Rooms at the Pasadena Hilton include complementary high speed Internet, compementary printing at the Sales Office or Front Desk, and discounted parking.

Planning is still under way for tours, exhibits, presentations and benefit auction, so watch for updates as we finalize the schedule and agenda.

An application in PDF form is available here which can be returned via mail or fax, or scanned and emailed.

Bob Lansdale, the official photographer of the Daguerreian Society, has made his pictures of the 2014 Austin Symposium and attendees accessible here.

We suggest you click the "slideshow" icon above the date, then sit back and enjoy the full show.

Would you like to join the Daguerreian Society? Here's how!

Also check out The Daguerreian Society's Facebook group.