Louis Daguerre was a French artist and photographer, known for his invention of the daguerreotype process of photography. He is recognized as one of the fathers of photography. He was also a painter and a developer of the diorama theatre.
In 1829, Daguerre partnered with Nicephore Niepce, the inventor that made the world’s first heliograph in 1822 and the oldest surviving camera photograph in 1827. Upon Niepce’s death in 1833, Daguerre continued experimenting and evolved the process that became known as the daguerreotype. His efforts to interest private investors failed, so he went public with his invention in 1839. His coated glass plates were the “polaroid” film of its day.
As a photographer I find his process fascinating, and an important and necessary step to the digital technology we have today. The process produced dirty images, whose look I find aesthetically pleasing.
In tribute to Louis Daguerre and his invention I have reproduced the daguerreotype look with present day digital software, using my photographs of Chaco Canyon, hence the title of the collection. Click on the thumbnails to view enlargements of the images. It is my hope that you will enjoy viewing them and appreciate the unique look that this process, still practiced today by a few modern masters, produces.