The Daguerreian Society

The 2013, 25th Anniversary, Daguerreian Society Symposium will be held in Bry-sur-Marne, France on October 9 -14, 2013.


  The City of Bry-sur-Marne, France

  Jean-Pierre SPILBAUER, Maire de Bry-sur-Marne, Conseiller Régional d'Ile-de-France


  Musée Adriene Mentienne, Margaret CALVARIN, Curator of Photography

The City of Bry, and its Mayor Jean-Pierre Spilbauer, have invited members of the Daguerreian Society (and interested friends) to witness the results of a six-year restoration project bringing Daguerre's last surviving Diorama painting back to life. The Diorama is a large-scale painting with illusionary effects that seem to magically transform the small church in Bry into a cathedral.

Other events include the first exhibition of photographs ever held in Daguerre's mansion in Bry. This exhibit features more than 70 American portrait daguerreotypes from the collection of Daguerreian Society member Wm. B. Becker, Director of the online American Museum of Photography. The exhibition in Daguerre's mansion continues at the Musée Gatien-Bonnet in the nearby city of Lagny-sur-Marne. Here, images from the daguerreotype period and later works through the year 1900 show the evolution of portrait photography in America.

Symposium Headquarters

Novotel Paris Bercy

The Symposium headquarters will be the Hotel Novotel Paris Bercy, 85 rue de Bercy, 75012 Paris, France.

The 4-star Novotel Paris Bercy is located opposite the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy arena, in the new eastern district of Paris. It is 8 minutes from the center of Paris on metro line 14 and just 8 minutes' walk from the Gare de Lyon train station.

The room rate will be 190 € per night, including breakfast. We are supplying a reservation form in PDF format that can be emailed, faxed or mailed to the Novotel Paris Bercy.

Novotel has a reservation deadline of Friday, 3 May 2013.

Directions to the Novotel Paris Bercy and information regarding transportation to and from the hotel can be found here.

All transportation to Bry-sur-Marne will leave from and return to the Novotel Paris Bercy. If you'd prefer to stay in a hotel other than the Novotel, there are two additional hotels nearby:

Ibis Styles Paris Bercy
77 rue de Bercy
Tel. (+33) 1/53465050
web site map

Hotel Claret
44 Boulevard de Bercy
75012 Paris, FRANCE
Tel. (+33) 1/46 28 41 31
web site map

Current weather and forecast for Paris.

2013 Symposium Schedule

Wednesday 9 October

  7-9pm: Gala reception at the Novotel Bercy Hotel

Thursday 10 October

  8:30am: Transfer Paris to Bry (bus)
  9-9:45am: Welcome in the Bry City Hall
  10am-12pm: DAGUERRE's Mansion: exhibitions, workshops
  12:30pm: Lunch provided by restaurant Le Joyau de la Marne in Bry
  2-4pm: Hotel de Malestroit Exhibit Dioramas, Daguerre's original gravestone
  4:30pm: Return to Paris
  Evening: Free time

Friday 11 October

  Morning: Free time
  2-5:30pm: Lectures (location to be determined)
  7:30pm: Les Pavillons de Bercy, Paris; welcome, tour and dinner, Musée des Arts Forains

Saturday 12 October

  8:30am: Transfer Paris to Bry (bus)
  9:15-10:15am: Bry-sur-Marne, Diorama dans l'église
  10:30-11:15am: Concert Dans l'Église de Bry
  11:30am-12pm: Cemetery of Bry, Daguerre's Tomb
  12-12:45pm: Transfer Bry to Lgny (20 km)
  1-2:30pm: Lunch, Lagny-sur-Marne
  2:45-4pm: Museum of Lagny, Exhibition of Daguerreotypes and Photographs
  4:15pm: Return to Paris
  Evening: Free time

Sunday 13 October

  10am-1pm: Tour in Paris (bus) Around Daguerre and Photographs, Place de la Républic, Passage des panoramas, etc.
  Afternoon & Evening: Free time

Monday 14 October

  10am-12:30pm: Musée de la Bibliotheque Nationale (avec SFP) or Musée Carnavalet (daguerreotypes) or CNAM
  Afternoon: Free time for proposed sites and museums
  Evening: Buffet banquet on the Ile de France, Seine river tour

Printable schedule in PDF format.

Symposium Registration

Would you like to attend the Symposium? A Constant Contact emailing has been linking to an on-line registration form and a registration form in PDF format is available here.

Early registration ends at midnight, Saturday 1 June 2013.

About the Symposium
This year, the Daguerreian Society is sponsoring a six-day 25th Anniversary Symposium celebration in October, full of presentations, behind-the scenes tours, discussions, with two exhibitions, and enjoying the company of other persons who love images from the daguerreian era. Past Symposiums have been held in Rochester, New York; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Columbus, Ohio; Norfolk and Arlington, Virginia; Boston, Massachusetts; Oakland and Sacramento, California; Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Dearborn, Michigan; Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Kansas City, Missouri; Newport, Rhode Island; Washington, D.C.; St. Petersburg, Florida; and Baltimore, Maryland. Society members/spouses/partners receive reduced admission to the Symposiums.

The 2013 Symposium includes:

  • Lecture Presentations on daguerreotypes with world-class speakers
  • Exhibitions of daguerreotypes, etc., in conjunction with two institutions
  • A Gala Reception
  • An evening Dinner Banquet on the Seine River
  • Walking tours of Bry-sur-Marne's points of interest regarding Daguerre

Bry Town Hall Copy of Daguerre's Headstone Daguerre Maison Eiffel Tower Notre Dame

Future Symposia

Austin 2014

Dates: September 26 - September 29, 2014

Texas State Library & Archives Commission
John Anderson, Preservation Officer
Archives and Information Services Division
1201 Brazos, Austin, TX 78701

Headquarters Hotel:
Sheraton Austin at the Capitol
701 East 11th Street
Austin, TX 78701

West Coast 2015

Dates: TBD

Host: TBD

West Coast of the United States

Headquarters Hotel: TBD

Past Symposia

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

2013 Mini-Symposium

2012 Symposium

2011 Symposium

2010 Symposium

2009 Symposium

2008 Symposium

2007 Symposium

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