Daguerreian Society

I'm going to take this opportunity to mention four items of daguerreian 
interest in the way of recent publications.
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"Image; Journal of Photography and Motion Pictures of George Eastman 
House" Special double issue, 1997 (Vol. 40, No. 1-4.)  The entire issue 
(pp. 2-61) is devoted to the article, "Luxury, Novelty, Fidelity: 
Madame Foa's Daguerreian Tale," by Rachel Stuhlman, Librarian of the 
George Eastman House.
  Stuhlman begins her article with an English translation of the 
earliest (1839) fictional tale in which the daguerreotype is integral 
to the plot. Stuhlman doesn't stop there, however, but uses the tale as 
a springboard from which she weaves a rich fabric of individually 
marvelous strands: details that, when placed together, provide 
understanding of the colorful era into which the daguerreotype was 
introduced. I've spent several days carefully reading the article and 
can only praise Stuhlman for the thoroughness of her research as well 
as the clarity of her presentation.
  Single issues are available for $14.00 through the Eastman House 
Museum Shop. You'll need to contact them for shipping charges at (716) 
271-3361 ext. #303 or by mail at:
    Museum Shop
    The George Eastman House
    900 East Avenue
    Rochester NY  14607-2298

 (I'll mention that I became a member of the George Eastman House in 
December; the issue arrived with my new member materials and I 
immediately felt that my $40.00 membership was money well spent.)

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In the January 1998 issue of "Smithsonian" (vol. 28, no. 10) pp. 82-85

  "The Lure of Gold" is a four-page spread featuring eight 
daguerreotypes from the upcoming Oakland Museum exhibition, "Silver & 
Gold: Cased Images of the California Gold Rush."  (The exhibition opens 
Saturday, January  24, 1998.)

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I'm passing along information from friend Nick Graver about the 
following current issue of "Forbes" December 29, 1997 (Vol. 160, No. 
14) I'll quote Nick's note:
   "Pages 108-109 is a two page article on "The Art of Our Time" and 
features a beautiful daguerreotype of a man holding a daguerreian 
camera. (That does not make him a daguerreotypist.)
  Fortunately, the rest of the article talks of "prints" and all the 
basics that an investor might want to know.  Scares the dickens out of 
you, to think what that could do to folks with $$$ to burn.
  No mention of actually liking the images, or wanting them up on your 
walls. Just, the value and potential for increased profit, etc..."

(I'll second that does seem a rather sad thought to have 
no specific appreciation for the image itself! --G.E.)

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"Life" (special double issue) Fall 1997 (Vol. 20, No. 10a)
"We rank the top 100 incredible the 100 most 
important people."

  The sepia photograph on the cover depicts "Joan of Arc, a Moon 
walker, William Shakespeare [and others]...being photographed by Louis 
Jacques Daguerre." The editor's note (eight pages in) gives more 
background to the cover photo under the title of "A Picture Worth 1,000 
Years."  Mentioned is the fact that the photographer, Gregory Heisler, 
"drove five hours, back  and forth to Connecticut, the night before the 
shoot to borrow a vintage $30,000 chamfered box half-plate 
daguerreotype camera that he insisted on having as a prop."
  Page 135 of the issue places Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre as number 
79 in the list of "The 100 People Who Made the Millennium." There is 
also a very brief text accompanying closely cropped photo of LJMD on 
page 147.
  I can't offer a sure-fire way to acquire back copies of the issue; 
recent-but-off-the-stand issues are sometimes hard to locate. (I 
learned of this issue by chance just a couple of weeks ago at a local 
coffee-bakery shop. I finally groveled enough that they took pity on me 
and gave the shop's copy.) "Life" does have a website, of course:

Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     

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