The Daguerreian Society

Photography is so much a part of our lives today that it is hard to imagine a time when it was both a new science and a new art. In the last decade, the switch from film to digital has been incredibly exciting, but nothing compared to that first fifteen years of photography, namely the Daguerreian Era. Razor sharp images on shiny silver plates caused the great scientists and writers of the day to wax prosaically that nature itself was being captured. It is only fitting that they have a timeless quality, even more fascinating now that the digital age is here. This allows us to present the oldest photographic process through the newest technology.

Welcome to our Website, and journey with us through the history, art and lore of those first photos, the daguerreotypes. They are a virtual time machine. Look closely at these images and you are there, transported back through time and space to a bygone age and place that exists before your eyes when you view these magical objects. They are not movie sets, they are not actors, but real people and places as they really looked over a century and a half ago.

-- Matthew Isenburg, Daguerreian Society co-founder

The Daguerreian Society's Mission
In English, French, German and Mandarin:

The Daguerreian Society is a non-profit international organization of individuals and institutions dedicated to advancing understanding and appreciation of the art, history, collection and practice of the daguerreotype, as well as other photographic processes as they relate to the daguerreian era, through the holding of an Annual Symposium, the publication of the Daguerreian Annual (Official Yearbook of the Daguerreian Society), Quarterly for its members, and by maintaining a website.

La Daguerreian Society est une organisation internationale à but non lucratif réunissant des individus et des institutions désireux de mieux connaitre et de promouvoir l'art, l'histoire, la collection et la pratique du daguerréotype et des autres procédés photographiques contemporains de l'époque daguerrienne, au travers de l'organisation d'un symposium annuel, d'une publication annuelle (l'Annuaire Officiel de la Daguerreian Society), d'une revue trimestrielle pour ses membres et d'un site web.

Die Daguerreian Society ist eine internationale non-profit Organisation, in der sich individuelle und institutionelle Mitglieder für die Weiterentwicklung des Verständnisses und der Würdigung der Kunst, der Geschichte, des Sammelns und der praktischen Ausübung der Daguerreotypie engagieren. Gleiches gilt für andere photographische Prozesse, sofern sie im Kontext der zeitlichen Ära der Daguerreotypie stehen. Diese Zielerreichng wird unter anderem unterstützt durch die Durchführung eines alljährlich stattfindenden Symposiums, der Publikation des „Daguerreian Annual”, der regelmäßig erscheinenden Quartalshefte und durch die Webside der Daguerreian Society.

达盖尔协会是非盈利性的国际组织,面向于那些期望深入了解达盖尔银版摄影的艺术魅力、历史、收藏或者在当下实践这门艺术及其相关摄影工艺的个人和团体,旨在通过为会员举办年度论坛,出版达盖尔年刊(达盖尔协会官方年度刊物)、达盖尔季刊,并管理维护协会的官方网站等与之共促达盖尔银版摄影的推广及发扬。

The Society's By-Laws
The Daguerreian Society's by-laws may be found here.

Society Officers and Board Members for 2014


Sally Anyan
Chairman of the Board


Jeremy Rowe
President


Jane Aspinwall
Vice President


Michelle Delaney
Secretary


Dennis O. Williams
Treasurer


Greg French


Mark Koenigsberg


Cindy Motzenbecker


Erin Waters

Diane Filippi
Business Director

Tita Young
Editor of the Quarterly

Mark Johnson
Editor of the Annual