The Daguerreian Society

A Survey of Daguerreian Literature:

I. General Studies

Barger, M. Susan, and William B. White. The Daguerreotype: Nineteenth Century Technology and Modern Science. (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Academic Press, 1991.) The history of the scientific investigation and use of the daguerreotype from 1839 to the present.

Daguerre, L.J.M. An Historical and Descriptive Account of the Daguerreotype and Diorama. Introduction by Beaumont Newhall. (New York: Winter House, 1971.) Text in French and English with reproductions of thirty-four daguerreotypes, some found nowhere else.

Gernsheim, Helmut, and Alison. L.J.M. Daguerre: The History of the Diorama and the Daguerreotype. (New York: Dover, 1968.) A reprint of the 1956 London ed.; the only life of Daguerre, with a useful bibliography and many wonderful reproductions.

Gernsheim, Helmut. The Origins of Photography. (London: Thames & Hudson, 1982.) On the calotype and daguerreotype; text for the most part the same as in L.J.M. Daguerre, but with an added chapter on the Italian daguerreotype by Daniela Palazzoli.

Jacob, Michael G. Dagherrotipo a Colori. (Florence: Nardini Editore, 1992.) A study of the colored daguerreotype with many fine illustrations including work by Levi Hill and contemporary Hillotypes by Joseph Boudreau.

Palazzoli, Daniela. Reflections of Life. (New York & Milan: Idea Books, 1989.) A stunning collection of daguerreotypes and Polaroids beautifully reproduced in color and with interesting essay on both processes, includes astounding views of Venice, interior of Egyptian temple, etc.

Palmquist, Peter, ed. The Daguerreian Annual 1990. (Eureka, CA: The Daguerreian Society, 1990.) Wide variety of essays on U.S., European, contemporary daguerreotypes and related matters, including many important previously unpublished historic images.
(We have also made available the Table of Contents for each year of The Daguerreian Annual in our "Society Information" index.)

Richter, Stefan. The Art of the Daguerreotype. (New York & London: Penguin/Viking, 1989.) Magnificent reproductions in color of one of the world's major collections with fine commentary by Richter. A must for all libraries.

Sobieszek, Robert, Ed. The Daguerreotype Process: Three Treatises, 1840-1848. (New York: Arno, 1973.) Reprint of Claudet's Researches: Daguerreotype Process, Fauvel-Gouraud's Description of the Daguerreotype Process, and Humphrey and Finley's System of Photography.

Szilagyi, Gabor. Daguerre: A fenykepezes felfedezese nek tortenete. (Budapest, 1987.) Hungarian study of Daguerre and the daguerreotype with seventy illustrations.

Wood, John, ed. The Daguerreotype: A Sesquicentennial Celebration. (Iowa City: Univ. of Iowa Press, 1989.) Over 100 reproductions of major previously unpublished daguerreotypes with essays on various aspects of the daguerreotype by Ken Appollo, Susan Barger, Janet Buerger, Roy Flukinger, Matthew Isenburg, Ben Maddow, Grant Romer, Alan Trachtenberg, and John Wood.


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