The Daguerreian Society

November 6-9, 2008 - Washington, DC

The Daguerreian Society's 2008 Symposium will be held in Washington DC from Thursday, November 6 to Sunday, November 9, 2008. Our headquarters hotel will be the Washington Marriott. 1221 22nd Street NW; Washington, DC 20037. Our hosting institution will be the National Portrait Gallery and our host will be its Curator of Photographs Ann Shumard.

Visit the National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery (NPG) tells the stories of America through the individuals who have shaped U.S. culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts, and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists who speak American history.

Location: The museum is conveniently located at Eighth and G Streets, NW, D.C., 20001, in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture.

Museum Hours: 11:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. daily

Admission: FREE

If you have never visited this wonderful museum, this is your chance. It is the visual history of America and our Society strongly emphasizes the historical and the visual. It is a perfect fit.

The Society has an outstanding lineup of speakers for this, their 20th Anniversary Symposium.

Ann M. Shumard, Curator of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery (NPG), curating the current exhibit, "Tokens of Affection and Regard: Photographic Jewelry and Its Makers." Past curatorial project of note: "A Durable Memento: Portraits by Augustus Washington, African American Daguerreotypist," Welcoming Remarks and a brief overview of the Portrait Gallery's photography collection.

Michelle Anne Delaney, Associate Curator, Photographic History Collection, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution: "An Update to the Survey of the Hillotype Collection at the National Museum of American History." The invention of the Hillotype process or Heliochromy claimed by the Rev. Hill has remained to this day one of the most mysterious and controversial episodes of the beginning of photography in the United States. This short presentation updates the data gathered during the recent conservation survey, and the ongoing efforts of the Museum to preserve what may be the only surviving evidence of Mr. Hill's historical color experiments. In August, Ms. Delaney was notified of her awarded Smithsonian Scholarly Studies grant for research and travel, which will allow her to continue the Hillotypes and early Daguerreian era research related to the NMAH Photographic History Collection.

Jean-Pierre Spilbauer, Mayor of Bry sur Marne, since 2001, a city of 16,000 inhabitants. Mayor Spilbauer's topic: "Revelations made during the Daguerre Diorama Restoration in France." This painting could change from day light vision to night time vision with the course of the sun. The diorama, first invention of L. Daguerre, is considered the ancestor of Cinema.

Jane Turano-Thompson, a graduate of Smith College, is an independent scholar and art historian specializing in American art, culture, and photography. Formerly the Editor of The American Art Journal and subsequently Consulting Editor of that magazine, she has written for numerous art and antiques publications. She is a contributor to the "Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History" published by Oxford University Press. Turano-Thompson's presentation: "Together on a Continent: Images of Native American and Non-Native Cultures in Contact 1830-1870" is an exploration of the experiences of cultures in both contact and conflict on the North American continent. Subjects will include not only images reflecting the extremes of the captivity narratives, but also the everyday challenges and individual experiences of survival in mid-19th century America.

Larry West, coauthor of Antique Photographic Jewelry: Tokens of Affection & Regard, past speaker at The Museum of the City of New York (photographic jewelry), cofounder, former president and current board member of The Lincoln Group of New York. Prior speaking topics: The Photographs of Abraham Lincoln; The Photographers of Lincoln; and Lincoln Collecting Weaknesses. His presentation will be a two-part talk: "Photo-pioneering by Our Early American Photographers"; and "Optimizing Your Collection, Financial position, Taxes, & Life-After-Death---through Gifting."

Joseph Bauman, author of My Stone House Lands: The San Rafael Reef, was published by the University of Utah Press, 1987. He retired after 36 1/2 years as a reporter for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Bauman has been collecting daguerreotypes since 1969. The presentation focuses on: "Eight daguerreotypes of well-documented Revolutionary War Veterans: how the images were found, authenticated and finally, how the eight men fared after the War." This wonderful collection will be shown after the lecture at the foot of the stage.

Theresa Leininger-Miller Ph.D., Art History, Yale University, 1995, Dr. Leininger-Miller is the author of New Negro Artists in Paris: African American Painters and Sculptors in the City of Light, 1922-1934 (Rutgers University Press, 2001). She is Associate Professor of Art History, University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. The presentation is titled "J.P. Ball's Splendid Quarter Century in Cincinnati." Such was the international renown of award-winning James Presley Ball (1825-1904) that his sitters included Frederick Douglass, Jenny Lind, Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens, Ulysses S. Grant's family, and many Cincinnatians. More than 700 of his remarkable portraits of diverse clients (blacks, whites, Chinese, Jews, Quakers, etc.) are extant. Leininger-Miller will place Ball in the context of other photographers and African American artists from the late 1840s to the early 1870s, featuring scores of daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and advertisements; his mammoth slave-trade panorama; and his widespread connections to political and social leaders in the U.S. and abroad.

Member Larry West recently gifted his extraordinary collection of 19th-century American photographers' portraits, self-portraits, and related ephemera to the NPG. Works from this collection, as well as the loan exhibition Tokens of Affection and Regard: Photographic Jewelry and its Makers, featuring highlights from Larry's photographic jewelry collection, will be on display at the time of our meeting. We will open the 20th Anniversary Symposium with a celebration Thursday evening at the Dennis Waters Gala Reception in the stunning, glass-enclosed Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard and hold the lectures in the museum's new Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium.

Symposium Headquarters

The Symposium headquarters will be the Washington Marriott at 1221 22nd Street NW, Washington, District Of Columbia 20037 USA.

Washington Marriott Hotel
Toll-free phone: 1-800-393-3053

Toll phone: 1-202-872-1500

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The newly renovated Washington Marriott Hotel in downtown Washington DC is ideally located steps away from historic Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, and DC`s central business district. This warm and welcoming hotel is also conveniently located near George Washington University, Georgetown University, the Kennedy Center, and the Washington Convention Center. Symposium attendees receive a special rate of $139/night on room bookings during the event but you must ask for the Daguerreian Society rate. However, please book early, the number of rooms available at this rate is limited! Click here to make your Marriott reservation, at the special rate, on line.

Symposium Schedule

The preliminary program will be:

Thursday evening: Dennis Waters Gala Reception at the National Portrait Gallery, Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard

Friday morning: Lectures at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium

Friday noon: Group daguerreotype (location to be determined)

Friday afternoon: Lectures in the Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium

Saturday: TradeFair at the Washington Marriott

Saturday evening: Cocktail hour and Annual Banquet at the Washington Marriott; Benefit Auction of donated and consigned daguerreotypes, including a copy plate of Edgar Allen Poe!

Sunday morning: Annual business meeting at the Washington Marriott


Would you like to attend? Here is our Registration Form for the Symposium (PDF format).

About the Symposium
The Daguerreian Society sponsors a four day Symposium during the Fall of every year: a full weekend of presentations, discussions and enjoying the company of other persons who love daguerreotypes. Past Symposiums have been held in Rochester, New York; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Columbus, Ohio; Norfolk, Virginia; Boston, Massachusetts; Oakland, California; and Atlanta. Society members receive reduced admission to the Symposiums. The Symposium includes:
  • Lecture Presentations on the Daguerreotype
  • Exhibitions of daguerreotypes, often in conjunction with an institution
  • The Daguerreian Society TradeFair with dealers from around the U.S. and Canada, offering the world's largest display of daguerreotypes for sale. Symposium attendees receive free early admission (prior to general public admission).
  • An evening Dinner Banquet, which concludes with:
  • A lively Benefit Auction of donated and consigned daguerreotypes

Daguerreian Society TradeFair

2007 Symposium
Nelson-Atkins Museum Fisherman Daguerreotype

The Daguerreian Society's 2007 Symposium was held in Kansas City, Missouri on November 1-4, 2007, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum. This was a grand celebration for the Hallmark Photographic collection which was recently acquired by the museum, and it was the show of the century! The museum's 165,000 sq. foot, six-year-long expansion includes a gallery designed specifically to display its photographic treasures.

The museum's opening exhibition, Developing Greatness: The Origins of American Photography, 1839-1885, surveyed the remarkable achievements from the birth of photography in 1839 to the rise of the amateur in the mid-1880s. It was a great exhibition to be sure but, for our membership, it will be the daguerreotypes that stole the show -- and Keith Davis (the longtime director of Hallmark's fine arts program who now also is curator of photography at Nelson-Atkins) has gathered many amazing daguerreotypes over the years. They shone in all their glory for Symposium attendees the first weekend of November 2007.

For a full report on the Society's KC Symposium, download Newsletter 2007, Issue 4.

2007 Symposium Attendees
Group photo on steps of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City MO Nov. 02, 2007 (click image to enlarge)
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