The Daguerreian Society
Daguerreotype in Burl Walnut Box
Tinted daguerreotype and walnut
Gift of Ludmila and Bruce Dandrew from The Ludmila Dandrew and
Chitranee Drapkin Collection
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida 2009.32.6

Museum of Fine Arts

The 23rd Daguerreian Society Symposium will be held in St. Petersburg, Florida on October 27-30.

The Symposium Lectures will take place in Marly Auditorium Saturday, October 29, 2011, courtesy of Dr. Kent Lydecker, Museum Director, and Dr. Jennifer Hardin, Chief Curator, our hosts at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida.

The museum will feature an exhibition for the Symposium, entitled Sitter and Subject in Nineteenth-Century Photography.

2011 Symposium Schedule


Marly Auditorium
Thursday Oct 27
8 AM Board of Directors Meeting
10 AM Sexton Larson Talk at MFA (Constant Contact online sign-up)
Drapkin House Tour via Coach Bus (Constant Contact online sign-up & payment)
7-9 PM Gala Reception at MFA

Friday Oct 28
  9 AM Dealer Setup
  10 AM Members In
  11 AM - 5 PM Public Admission ($8 Adults, $5 Students w/ID)
5:30 PM - Business Meeting for important 2013 announcement, etc.
9 PM Contemporary Dag Viewing in Hospitality Suite with Chris Mahoney

Saturday Oct 29
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Lectures at MFA
6 PM - 7 PM Cocktail Party & Silent Auction
7 PM - 10 PM Buffet Banquet & Live Benefit Auction

A final schedule, including a printable schedule for all Symposium events, will be available from this page once ready.


Thursday, October 27

We open the 22nd Symposium with a gala reception in the Marly Room at the Museum of Fine Arts. The museum will feature the exhibition Sitter and Subject in Nineteenth-Century Photography. The MFA has "quietly become one of the major repositories of photography in the southeastern United States. Two gifts in 2009 and 2010 rocketed its holdings from about 1,500 to more than 14,000 images that cover almost all known photographic methods beginning with daguerreotypes and salt prints from the mid 19th century to gelatin silver prints of the mid 20th century." The nearly 60 daguerreotypes - including two whole-plate Southworth & Hawes, tintypes, and ambrotypes in this exhibit will be viewed at the kickoff event of the 23rd Symposium.

Rebecca Sexton Larson
Rebecca Sexton Larson will give
a behind-the-scenes talk on
photographic processes

Rebecca Sexton Larson, a Tampa-based studio artist working with historic photographic processes, including modern dry plate tintypes, she will discuss both wet and dry plate processes, will offer a behind-the-scenes talk. Currently Sexton Larson's work is featured in the book, Pinhole Photography: Rediscovering a Historic Technique and numerous private and museum collections. This event will take place at the MFA in St. Petersburg.

Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Drapkin
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Drapkin, photographic
collectors, will open their home for a
behind-the-scenes tour

Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Drapkin are opening their home on for twenty-five people to visit and tour. A van will be hired for transportation to and from this venue, and paid for by the participants when registering online. Major donations from the Drapkin Collection, which total 22,000 images put together over 35 years, and another collection couple, have transformed the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) into a center for the study of nineteenth- and twentieth-century photography.
Friday, October 28

Friday evening our contemporary daguerreians are invited to the Hospitality Suite to show their images to our many interested members. In addition, Christopher Mahoney, VP of Photography at Sotheby's in New York, will join in the discussions on newly produced daguerreotypes, one of his passions.

The Outstanding Speakers of 2011

Gary Ewer
Gary Ewer
Gary Ewer will be presenting A Complete Picture of California: The Three Hundred Daguerreotypes by Robert H. Vance. The American daguerreotypist, Robert H. Vance, landed in San Francisco in late 1850. Having spent a few years in Valparaiso, Chile, engaged in standard portrait daguerreotypy, Vance embarked upon the ambitious goal to photographically document the cities, towns, and landscapes of America's new El Dorado. Photography was a mere eleven years old; Vance's endeavor was monumental in conception and unprecedented in the American experience.

Dusan Stulik
Dusan Stulik
Dusan Stulik, Senior Scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute, will lecture on Niépce and Daguerre, Daguerre and Niépce: The First Scientific Investigation of all Niépce's Images from UK and US Collections. He will report on the results of the first ever scientific investigation of all Heliographic and Heliogravure plates created by Joseph Nicephore Niépce in France that he brought with him in 1827 to England.

Roundtable: The Daguerreotype Image: Who Owns It? Who Controls It?

A lively panel discussion that will cover ownership and reproduction issues involving photographic images from the standpoint of the collector, the author, the publisher, and the photographic artist. Topics will include who owns the rights to use and reproduce a photograph, copyrights, challenges for photographic researchers, dos and don'ts with licensing, examples of license fees, and what is legal vs. what is practical with controlling digital reproduction usage. Leonard Walle, long time collector and past President of The Daguerreian Society, will act as moderator for the following distinguished panel:

  • Wm. B. Becker - noted collector, photo historian, author, television producer, and director of the American Museum of Photography
  • Carl Mautz - owner of Carl Mautz Publishing with degrees in history and law, author, photo historian and collector
  • Rob McElroy - full time daguerreian artist and photo historian who previously spent 25 years as a commercial, editorial, and advertising photographer
  • Jeremy Rowe, EdD - author, photo historian, collector, and recently retired as Associate Director of the School of Computing and Informatics at Arizona State University who has written a white paper on "Copyrights and Other Rights in Photographic Images" and a book chapter "Legal Issues Using Photographs for Research"
Leonard Walle
Leonard Walle
William B. Becker
William B. Becker
Carl Mautz
Carl Mautz
Rob McElroy
Rob McElroy
Jeremy Rowe
Jeremy Rowe, EdD

Walter Johnson
Walter Johnson
Walter Johnson: November 1968; the conference that started the interest in collecting Photographica. A presentation to detail the events that started the movement to collect and preserve Photographic History.

Chris Mahoney
Chris Mahoney
Chris Mahoney: Brady's Calhoun: The Recovery of an American Masterpiece. In April 2011, a whole-plate daguerreotype of John C. Calhoun by Mathew Brady sold at auction for $338,500. This dramatic portrait had served as the basis for Calhoun's image in Brady's Gallery of Illustrious Americans, inspired a monumental painted portrait (now owned by the U. S. Senate), and was the subject of countless other photographic and non-photographic versions. Brady's portrait ultimately became the best known likeness of the famed statesman. Yet the original daguerreotype was lost for over a century. Christopher Mahoney, of Sotheby's, tells the fascinating story about the rediscovery of this American masterpiece and the events that led to its appearance at auction and its spectacular selling price.

Symposium Headquarters

Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront
The Symposium headquarters will be the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First Street South, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701-4342. Tel: 1-727-894-5000 Fax: 1-727-823-4797.

The hotel is located in the waterfront district of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Downtown St. Petersburg is home to many of the finest cultural attractions in Florida.

Our room rate is $105, including complimentary high speed Internet, complimentary free printing at the Sales Office or Front Desk, and $5.00 per night discounted parking.

Reservations at the Society's discount rate can be made on line here. If you make reservations by phone be sure to mention the group code "The Daguerreian Society Symposium" to receive the discounted rate.

We strongly suggest you make your Hilton reservations now. Rooms will be available at the discount rate until October 4 or until they are sold out, so book early!

You might want to consider signing up for the Hilton HHonors Points & Miles program, which allows you to receive points for future hotel stays as well as airlines. Join by clicking here.

If you'd like shuttle service to and from the airport (Tampa International Airport), some options are SuperShuttle and ExecuCar.

We've negotiated a discount from SuperShuttle from the Tampa International Airport to and from our headquarters hotel. The special rate to this hotel of $23.00 per person one way or $39.00 round trip. Call 800-252-3826 to make your reservation or reserve on line (no Group/Discount Code is needeed to get the rate). In order to receive the roundtrip rate, please pre-pay.

For directions to SuperShuttle Tampa click here.

St. Petersburg weather should be great. October's average high is 83 degrees and average low 70 degrees.

Symposium and TradeFair Registration

Would you like to attend? Registration forms will be sent out in Newsletters. The form is also available in PDF format here.

About the Symposium
The Daguerreian Society sponsors a four day Symposium during the Fall of every year: a full weekend of presentations, discussions and enjoying the company of other persons who love daguerreotypes. Past Symposiums have been held in Rochester, New York; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Columbus, Ohio; Norfolk, Virginia; Boston, Massachusetts; Oakland and Sacramento, California; Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Dearborn, Michigan; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Kansas City, Missouri; Newport, Rhode Island; Washington DC; and Philadelpha, Pennsylvania. Society members receive reduced admission to the Symposiums.

The Symposium includes:

  • Lecture Presentations on the Daguerreotype
  • Exhibitions of daguerreotypes, often in conjunction with an institution
  • The Daguerreian Society TradeFair with dealers from around the U.S. and Canada, offering the world's largest display of daguerreotypes for sale. Symposium attendees receive free early admission (prior to general public admission).
  • An evening Dinner Banquet, which concludes with:
  • A lively Benefit Auction of donated and consigned daguerreotypes

Daguerreian Society TradeFair

Past Symposia

The links below give you access to all the details of recent Daguerreian Society symposia:

2010 Symposium

2009 Symposium

2008 Symposium

2007 Symposium

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