The Daguerreian Society


November 9, 1998

Hello fellow daguerreotypists,

After 150+ years, one would think about everything that can be said about daguerreotypes has been said. Yet, at each symposium we are presented new insights and points of view. Thanks to Ken, I'll never look at the shots of Niagara Falls the same again. However, I want to know who that guy with the cane was that seemed to be in half the pictures and just why did he keep pointing with it? Looked like he was saying "The falls are right over there." Maybe he was a dowser. Just happened along and got his stick stuck.
   For our part, the contemporary work was well received. It's not often that we can rub cases with S&H and other heavies of the daguerreian era. I would like to thank Roger Watson for his help in doing the show and streamlining the red tape and necessary hoops in getting things in and out of the GEH. The usual suspects were there. For the record (in no particular order) they were Jeremy Harris, Jerry Spagnoli, Irving Pobboravsky, Tom Young, Charlie Schreiner, Ken Nelson, and Robert Shlaer. Additionally, it was great to see were some new exhibitors: Josianne Etter, Adam Fuss, Tony Ventimiglia, John Hurlock, and Roger Watson. Thanks to all.
   A couple things kept the crowd abuzz. For one, a new plater has been found in Buffalo. Our man in hot pursuit, Rob McElroy, has had plates done. They looked good and are reasonably priced. The company also does work for Kodak so we know they have actually heard of photography. Several people are getting plates done and as soon as they are tested we'll let you know. The other item—a real crowd pleaser—was The 1999 Daguerreotypist "Make the Scene" T-shirt. If all the hilarity of the moment made you forget yours, they are still available for $15. If you didn't see it or are unsure, just ask for the 10 day free home trial. You too can be in stitches!
   In sum, the symposium was well worth the trip. My only glitch was getting back via Canada. There must have been an APB out for suspicious looking daguerreotypists because the U.S. entry went like this:

WHAT'S YOUR NATIONALITY?
u.s.
WHAT WERE YOU DOING IN CANADA?
just driving through
THROUGH FROM WHERE?
buffalo
WHAT WERE YOU DOING IN BUFFALO?
nothing, actually I started from rochester
HEY, I DON'T HAVE TIME TO PLAY QUESTION GAMES WITH YOU. LET ME SEE YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE. [HE PECKS AT HIS COMPUTER AWHILE] WHAT WERE YOU DOING IN ROCHESTER?
i was attending the daguerreian society's annual symposium.
WHAT'S IN THE BOXES?
daguerreotypes
WHAT'S A.. .DUCK. ..ARROW...TYPE?
how much would you like to know?
LOOK! I ASKED YOU A DIRECT QUESTION!
ooohkay: a daguerreotype is a type of photograph. [briefly explained]
WHAT ARE THEY PICTURES OF?
well, there's one of a clock, there's one of
WHY ARE YOU TAKING PICTURES OF CLOCKS?
iiiyyyiiyyiieee! they are artistic photographs of a variety of subjects--would you like to see theeemmm?!!
NO. GET MOVING.

Charlie


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