Daguerreian Society

During the month of October in the year 1926, the following commentary, 
written by Edward Weston, appeared as the article, "Los Daguerreotipos" in 
"Forma," 1:1 (October 1926), page 7:
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They are documents, "family memories", nothing more.  They were made in the 
days before "artistic photographs," and "light effects," and theatrical 
"posing." The photographers of daguerreotypes had not yet been classified 
"artists" sporting the classic floating tie and the rumpled and dirty hair. 
Fortunately the complicated work of silvering the sheets kept him busy. 
He was an artisan who dedicated himself to his work with simplicity and 
without ambiguities, without finding himself inhibited by the ambitions of 
his art.  Because the technique of retouching was unknown, there was no way 
to make concessions to human vanity--the daguerreotypes were not lies. 
Although rigid, those photographs of our ancestors have a rigid dignity. 
Since the exposures lasted for minutes, they did not allow for calculated 
poses.  In this manner we have inherited today the first epoch of 
photography, the most genuine, the most honest expression.  An image 
chemically pure, strong and honest, and at the same time refined: the 

Cited from "Edward Weston on Photography" Edit. Peter C. Bunnell (Salt Lake 
City: Peregrine Smith Books, 1983) page. 44.  Although I won't dispute Mr. 
Weston's conclusion, I'd hardly grant him the title of an accurate 
historian. -- G. Ewer
Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     

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