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.
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 2012 gathering took place in Baltimore, Maryland November 8-11, and our six-day 25th Anniversary Symposium will be 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 --
The Daguerreian Society is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
We've prepared a summary of future Daguerreian Society symposia to help you plan your attendance.
Photos from the Daguerreian Society's 2012 Symposium in Baltimore are now available:
Bob Lansdale's images
Marcel Safier's images
Check out The Daguerreian Society's Facebook group and consider joining!
Note: this is a new version of The Daguerreian Society's Facebook group, after the old one disappeared abruptly. Facebook did not respond to our requests to restore the group. The membership list disappeared with the rest of the group, so if you had previously joined the group you will need to join again. The URL to the new group is also different, so please update any bookmarks.
Attention, attendees of the Bry-sur-Marne symposium: Note that the fall issue of The Daguerreian Society Quarterly is available on line and contains detailed schedules, lists of speakers, available tours, and other related information.