The Daguerreian Society

The Daguerreian Society's 2010 Symposium tool place in Atlanta from Thursday, October 21 to Sunday, October 24, 2010. It was held at the Doubletree Hotel Atlanta-Buckhead and was hosted by Michael Rose of the Atlanta History Center. The Symposium coincided with Atlanta Celebrates Photography Month (ACP), an annual, month-long, city-wide celebration of photography.

2010 Symposium Attendees
Group photo for the 2010 Symposium in Atlanta (click image to enlarge)

A full report on the Society's 2010 Symposium will be published in an upcoming Quarterly.

The Benefit Auction held at the Symposium banquet offered a fine selected of donated or consigned items in both live and silent auction formats. Images of lots offered in the live auction and auction results can be found here as well as in an upcoming Quarterly.

Bob Lansdale, the Daguerreian Society's official photographer and source of the group photograph above, has posted photos from the 2010 Symposium on the Internet at the Kodak Gallery (free membership on the site required).

As plans are made for the 2010 Symposium they will be posted here. In the meanwhile we will leave information for the 2010 Symposium easily accessible.

George and Susan Whiteley
Courtesy of
Two boys seated on a couch with a huge dog
Oversize quarter-plate daguerreotype
Courtesy of George S. Whiteley, IV

Featured Exhibition: The George and Susan Whiteley Collections

During the symposium (and through January 29), the Atlanta History Center will feature the exhibition The Face of America: Early Photographic Portraits from the Collections of George and Susan Whiteley.

Curator: George Whiteley

This exhibit at the Atlanta History Center will display selected Images that highlight photography's beginnings, 1840-1865.

"Exceptional and rare images from the dawn of photography cover the birth and growth of the medium through nearly three decades, 1840-1865. The major technological advances in photographic processes are represented, including daguerreotypes and ambrotypes, along with innovative stylistic techniques in the development of portraiture. A variety of subjects are displayed, from family pets, post mortem scenes, occupational and military subjects, and the work of nineteenth-century master photographers." -- The Atlanta History Center


Stephen Craig Schneider
Stephen Craig Schneider
Stephen Craig Schneider, a copyeditor from Reading, Pennsylvania, who has collected photographs since the 1980s, will present Visionary Company: A Collector's Look at Eight Modern Daguerreians. He will illustrate the talk with views of contemporary daguerreotypes he has collected, made by artists such as Jerry Spagnoli, Charlie Schreiner, Lori Oden, Bob Shlaer, Mike Robinson, Rob McElroy and Eric Mertens. Other daguerreotypes, both recent and ancient, may be shown too. He said some moderns have approached and, in select cases, met the "best standards of nineteenth-century daguerreotypy."

David Wynn Vaughan
David Wynn Vaughan
David Wynn Vaughan, a native Atlantan who recently served as president of the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta. A collector of Confederate photography for more than 20 years, he has amassed what's been termed "the largest and most significant grouping of Confederate images from Georgia." He is a contributing editor to Military Images Magazine and examples from his collection have appeared in many Civil War books. His topic is Confederate faces in Southern-Made Cases. Vaughan said all the images he will show at the symposium were made during the Civil War "and all but two depict Confederate soldiers."

Jean-Pierre Spilbauer
Jean-Pierre Spilbauer
Jean-Pierre Spilbauer, mayor of Daguerre's hometown of Bry-sur-Marne, France, who has been at the forefront in the restoration of an enormous, wondrous painting by Daguerre from his pre-photography days. The image, a diorama that appeared to extend the interior of a local church, would change dramatically when the lighting shifted. This project is near completion and Spilbauer will report on its progress.

Dr. Greg Wickliff
Dr. Greg Wickliff
Dr. Greg Wickliff, associate professor and associate chair of the Department of English at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, will discuss Dr. John William Draper, 1811-1882, who was among America's first photographers. Draper was a great scientist of his day, with achievements in chemistry, physics, physiology, astronomy and history. He and Samuel Finley Breese Morse (the inventor of the telegraph) established one of the earliest daguerreian portrait studios. Dr. Wickliff is slated to lecture on John William Draper's Experiments in Light, Photography and Publishing.

Bob Zeller
Bob Zeller
Bob Zeller, author and researcher in Civil War photography, will conduct symposium attendees on a visual exploration of Abraham Lincoln's presidency -- in three dimensions. Wearing 3-D glasses, the audience will view a show in stereo photographs of the Civil War and Lincoln. Assembled by Zeller and John Richter, the 38-minute program, Lincoln in 3-D, features about 170 stereo images, with more than a dozen portraits of the 16th president. His newly released book, of the same title, will be available to purchase and have autographed by the author.

Symposium Headquarters

The Symposium headquarters will be the Doubletree Hotel Atlanta-Buckhead, 3342 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30326. Tel: 1-404-231-1234 Fax: 1-404-238-0016.

Room rate: $119 with full breakfast buffet for up to two people per room per day, complimentary high speed Internet, free printing in the Business Center, and discounted valet parking.

Doubletree Hotel Atlanta-Buckhead

Reservations at the Society's discount rate can be made at here. If you make reservations by phone, mention group code "The Daguerreian Society" to receive the discounted rate.

We strongly suggest you make your Doubletree reservations now. Rooms will be available at the discount rate until September 29 or until they are sold out, so book early!

The Doubletree Atlanta hotel is located in the heart of trendy Buckhead, Atlanta's most prestigious and affluent district, in the beautiful park setting of Tower Place on Peachtree Road, just off GA 400 and I-85 and only 30 minutes from Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. The Buckhead MARTA Station is 1.5 blocks from our Atlanta, Georgia hotel's front door and is just a 10 minute ride to downtown Atlanta to the World of Coke, CNN & the Georgia Aquarium. MARTA also provides easy and convenient access to Philips Arena, the Georgia World Congress, Turner Field, Chastain Park, Fox Theater, Atlanta History Center, Emory University and GA Tech. The Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza, two of Atlanta's premier shopping malls are just a few blocks away along with some of the best dining that the city has to offer.

Getting there from the airport is easy: Take a MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) train. The MARTA station at the airport is attached to the airport, right off baggage claim, A ticket is $2.25 per person. Get off at the Buckhead station, which is a short walk from the DoubleTree. If you prefer door-to-door servce, consider the Atlanta Link ($37.00 round trip or $20.50 one way). Driving directions and maps are also available at the DoubleTree website.

2010 Symposium Schedule
McElreath Hall, Atlanta History Center

A final, printable schedule for all Symposium events is available here.

We open the 22nd Symposium with a celebration Thursday evening at the Dennis O Williams & Craig James, Esq. Gala Reception in McElreath Hall at the Atlanta History Center, featuring an exhibition from the collections of George and Susan Whiteley. The Symposium lectures are the following day. The TradeFair will be held conveniently at the DoubleTree Hotel's Peachtree ballroom.

Through the efforts of President Mike Robinson and George Whiteley, there will be a juried exhibition of contemporary daguerreotypes while we are in Atlanta. Grant Romer will give a passionate talk about this earliest form of photography, which will happen on Wednesday, October 20 at the High Museum of Art, being part of the pre-symposium planning and Atlanta Celebrates Photography events. Also in the works is a personally-guided tour of Atlanta's Cyclorama, the world's largest painting, which depicts the historic Battle of Atlanta.

More Information about Tours and Additional Talks:

Swan House

Margaret Mitchell House

Grant Romer Lecture

Atlanta Cyclorama Lecture at AHC

Atlanta Cyclorama Tour

With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition at AHC

Symposium and TradeFair Registration

Would you like to attend? Registration forms will be sent out in Newsletters. The form is also available in PDF format here.

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 and Sacramento, California; Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Dearborn, Michigan; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Kansas City, Missouri; Newport, Rhode Island; Washington DC; and Philadelpha, Pennsylvania. 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

Past Symposia

The links below give you access to all the details of recent Daguerreian Society symposia:

2009 Symposium

2008 Symposium

2007 Symposium

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