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You'll want to save these dates for this year's Annual 19th-century Photography Conference and related events presented by the Daguerreian Society. Most of the various events will be held at the newly refurbished Wyndham New Yorker Hotel on 8th Avenue in New York City near Penn Station.

This is expected to be the largest and most important series of events on daguerreotypes and other 19th-century photography in the world this year. Plus a special symposium on how 19th-century photography and processes influence today's photography and artists is a must for all collectors, galleries and curators, as well as for all photographers using antiquarian processes.

It will be easy to attend from wherever you are with direct access from nearly any place in the U.S. or international location to one of the three nearby international airports.

You can register online now, and even reserve your hotel rooms at the special conference rates, just click here. The special group hotel rates are only available until Sept. 18th, so don't delay and make your reservations today. But be sure to register for the Annual Conference and Pre-conference Symposium as well (details below). If you are a Society member, make sure you sign in as a member first to get the discounted member rates for those programs. Joining the Society isn't a bad idea, since you can save so much on the programs, plus get all the other benefits of membership. You can click here.



A one-day symposium on "How the 19th-century Is the Basis for All Subsequent Photographic Art" will be held on Oct. 20th in the Grand Ballroom of the Wyndham. This special program will feature a panel session with top contemporary artists discussing how 19th-century photography and its processes have influenced their work, and presentations by curators and collectors on why they include 19th-century photography along with modern photography in their collections. Prices for the one-day program, which includes the Grand Reception afterwards with heavy hors-d’oeuvres, are: $99 for the early bird rate for members and $109 for non-members, and $125 and $135 respectively after 9/30/2016.

Sarah Greenough from the National Gallery of Art will moderate the leadoff panel of top artists, including Vera Lutter, Adam Fuss, Jerry Spagnoli and Chris McCaw.

The afternoon session continue with the theme.

Former Sotheby's Chairman of the New York Photographs Department Denise Bethel speaking on, "Resurrecting the Important: How the 19th Century Might Save Contemporary Photography."

There will be interviews with several of the world's top photography collectors on this topic. Former theoretical physicist and major photography collector Michael Mattis will give a talk on: "Silver Meditations: Cross-currents in the History of Photography from the Mattis-Hochberg Collection."

Collector Dan Solomon will speak on: "Why I collect 19th-century Photography through Contemporary Photography, and How 19th-century Photography has influenced my Contemporary Choices."

Symposium attendees are also welcome to join Conference attendees at the Grand Reception that evening in the Grand Ballroom at the Wyndham. Their badges will also get them into the 19th-century Photography Show on Saturday. Howard Greenberg Gallery will also have a related special exhibit of contemporary art using antiquarian photography methods, curated by Jerry Spagnoli. A reception at the gallery is planned for Friday night, Oct. 21st. The Grand Reception will also offer a selection of items on Silent Auction that night.

To register for the pre-conference symposium program, sign in as a member first, and then click on the events tab at the top of the Daguerreian Society's web page. Click on the Pre-conference Symposium item and it will take you to the page to register online. You can also contact Diane Filippi in the Society headquarters office (1-412-221-0306) if you have any problems. For non-members: click here.



Prices for the Annual Conference program, which doesn’t include the pre-conference Symposium, but includes the Thursday night Grand Reception, Optional Tours, the Conference Program, and the Saturday Dinner and Cocktail Party, are: $250 for the early bird rate for members and $300 non-members, and $275 and $325 respectively after 9/15/2016.

The main Annual Conference on 19th-century Photography itself will begin with tours on Wednesday, Oct. 19th (tours are also planned for Sunday, Oct. 23) and a Grand Reception on Thursday night, Oct. 20th. The full-day speakers' program on 19th-century photography will take place on Friday, Oct. 21st.

To register for the Conference program, sign in as a member first, and then click here, and it will take you to the page to register online. You can also contact Diane Filippi in the headquarters office if you have any problems.

The Annual Conference will kick off with a keynote address on 19th-century Photography by Jeffrey Rosenheim at 8:45 in the Grand Ballroom. Rosenheim has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 25 years, and is Curator in Charge of the department of photographs. He is a specialist in American photography and was the curator of the Met's lauded 2013 traveling exhibition Photography and the American Civil War. Rosenheim is the author or co-author of some 20 photography books. A frequent lecturer in the U.S. and abroad, he has taught the history of photography and studio art at Columbia University, the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU), Cooper Union, and Bard College.

The keynote will be followed by a morning panel session moderated by Keith Davis, Nelson-Atkins Museum. The session is entitled "Battle of the Century—19th, That Is. The Part That Each of the Early Pioneers Really Played in the Development of Photography: Niepce, Daguerre, Talbot and Bayard." Panelists include Stephen Pinson, Curator of Photography for the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art (Daguerre); Dusan Stulik, Scientist (Niepce and Daguerre); Larry Schaaf (Talbot); Nancy Keeler, Boston Museum of Art (Bayard).

Most of the rest of the morning and the afternoon sessions will offer a choice of two breakout sessions for conference attendees.

Choice of Breakout Sessions:

--The Ruskin Daguerreotypes, Ken and Jenny Jacobson. (Grand Ballroom)

--A Lifetime in Collecting Daguerreotypes, Chuck Swedlund (Crystal Ballroom) 

Choice of Breakout Sessions:

 --A Daguerreian Journey: A personal perspective on the daguerreotype in art-historical thinking and assembly of key museum collection, Keith Davis. (Grand Ballroom)

--On the 30th Anniversary of the Shimshak Collection show, Robert F. Johnson (Crystal Ballroom)

Choice of Breakout Sessions:

--Mega collector Thomas Walther interviewed by Denise Bethel: "Why This Former Modernist Collector Has Turned His Passion to 19th-century Photography," plus a selection of some of Walther's favorite 19th-century images in his collection (Grand Ballroom)

--Bertha Wehnert-Beckmann: An Early German Lady Photographer in New York, Hans Gummersbach (Crystal Ballroom)

Choice of Breakout Sessions:

--Member's Favorite Story about a 19th-century Photograph. Michael Lehr moderator (Grand Ballroom)

--The Circle of Talbot, Larry Schaaf (Crystal Ballroom)

Choice of Breakout Sessions:

--American Calotypes and Photogenic Drawings, David Hanlon (Grand Ballroom)

 -- FAKE! Avoiding Fakes, Counterfeits, Doctored and Misrepresented Pieces, Copies and Misidentifications in 19th-Century Photographs, Mike Medhurst (Grand Ballroom)

Choice of Breakout Sessions:
--The Mission Heliographique and How It Influenced 19th-Century Documentary Photography, Malcolm Daniel, Senior Curator of the Museum of Art, Houston (Crystal Ballroom)
--Buying 19th-century Photography at Auction. Alex Novak, moderator. Panelists include: Daile Kaplan of Swann Galleries, Nigel Russell of Heritage, Michelle Lamuniere of Skinner Auctions, and Wes Cowan of Cowan Auctions. (Grand Ballroom)

The group will gather back into the Grand Ballroom for the final session: Nineteenth-Century Photographs of Eastern American Landscapes, Diane Waggoner, National Gallery of Art. (Grand Ballroom)

 After the sessions, the Annual Society Business Meeting will be held.



--Hans Kraus Gallery: A Series of Daguerreian exhibits to be announced

--Howard Greenberg Gallery: Modern Practitioners of 19th-Century Processes



On Saturday, Oct. 22nd, The 19th-Century Photography Show will be open to all Conference attendees beginning with the early bird opening at 9:15 am. But anyone can come to the show after paying a small fee of $20 ($10 for students with school IDs). Early bird entrance to non-conference attendees is $50.

This will be the largest for-sale exhibition of 19th-century photography any where, comprised of about 110 tables and—for the first time ever--15 exhibit booths, and with nearly 100 exhibitors, including most of the top 19th-century photography dealers in the world. This one-day event will be open to all. For advanced registration for this show (tickets also available at the door), click click here.  International exhibitors from England, Ireland, Argentina, France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark and Canada will join top U.S. dealers here.

19th-century Photography Show Exhibitors (As of 10/7/2016)

Booth Exhibitors

19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop

Alan Klotz

Charles Schwartz, Ltd.

Gary Edwards Photography

Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs

Howard Greenberg Gallery

James Hyman Photography

Janet Lehr Inc

Keith De Lellis Gallery

Lee Gallery

Roland Belgrave Vintage Photography Ltd.

Serge Plantureux

Vintage Works, Ltd.

William Schaeffer


Tabletop Exhibitors

Aaron Benneian Vintage Photos

ADN Patrimoine

Ake Hultman

Allen Weiner

Allsworth Rare Books

Andrew Smith Gallery


BFA Gallery

Bill Connors

Bruce Lundberg

Bruno Tartarin

Capitol Gallery

Carl Mautz Vintage Photography

Carlos Vertanessian

Casey Waters Fine Daguerreotypes

Charles Wood Bookseller

Chet Urban

Christopher Wahren Fine Photographs

Cowan’s Auctions, Inc.

Dan Moyer

David Thompson Antiques & Art

Denis Canguilhem

Dennis Waters Fine Daguerreotypes

Don Camera Travel Photos

Dr. Stanley Burns

Erin Waters Fine Photography

Estelle Rosen

Fred Pajerski

Frederic Hoch

Galerie Lumière des Roses

George Whiteley

Greg French

Hans Gummersbach

Helios Gallery

House of Mirth

Jason Wright

Jeffrey Kraus Antique Photographics

Josh Heller

Joyce Craig

Julian Wolff Photographica

Len Walle

Lewis Lehr

Lisa Tao Photos

Lunn Ltd.

Manuel Andreassian

Mark Koenigsberg

Medhurst & Co.

Michael Lehr

Michael Peterson

Mike Robinson

Northern Light

Old West Photos

Olivier Degeorges

Pablo Butcher

Penumbra Foundation

Perfect Likeness

Pump Park Vintage Photography

Rare Photo Gallery

Richard Hart

Rob McElroy

Robert Koch Gallery

Russell Norton

Serge Kakou, Paris

Stephen Daiter Gallery

Steven Kasher Gallery

Susan Davens

The 3d Man

Tom Rall

Victor Germack

Westchester Fine Art

Wm. B. Becker and Thomas Harris Partnership

Winter Works On Paper


Limited six-foot tabletop space has recently been added and is still available as well as one 4 x 12 ft. booth with an 8 ft. table.  Contact Alex Novak at 1-215-822-5662 or, for exhibit contracts and details on exhibiting.



Following The 19th-Century Photography Show and on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 22nd, the Society will have its annual cocktail party and banquet, followed by the Society's live auction. The cocktail party will be held in the mezzanine exhibit booth area and in the Foyer and Crystal Ballrooms. The items in the auction will be viewable during the entire day on Saturday, including the cocktail hour, in the Crystal Ballroom. The buffet banquet itself will be held in the Grand Ballroom, followed by the live auction.



This year's auction will also be held on the evening of Saturday, October 22nd, immediately following the banquet dinner. This year marks the first time that bidders will be able to use the Internet to bid live against the floor bidders. The Daguerreian Society expects to have many top collectors, dealers and curators in attendance, so the bidding should be fierce for some very good photography items.

CONSIGNMENTS. Quality consignments are welcomed. The Society is especially looking for consignments that will realize a hammer price of $2,500 or more.

DONATIONS. All donations are very welcome. Donations with a value of $500 or more will be placed in the live auction. All other donations will be acknowledged and will be placed in the silent auction.

The Society encourages photographic-related material in all formats, and from all time periods, particularly items relating to 19th-century photography and its processes. Often contemporary art photographs that use antiquarian processes are also included in the auction.

TERMS FOR CONSIGNMENTS: The Society is very selective regarding consignments, to ensure a quality auction and reasonable estimates. The purpose is to raise needed money for the Society and provide entertainment and quality images for its membership. Please send scans and/or descriptions of proposed consignments to Greg French at, or call 1-617-522-3610.

Once approved, consignments can be shipped directly to: Greg French, P.O. Box 302283, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. Insurance and/or tracking are recommended.

All correspondence is confidential. The Society uses the utmost discretion with all of its consignors and commission bidders.

SELLER'S COMMISSION OF 10%. Likewise, this benefits The Daguerreian Society and is in line with the norm.

BUY-IN FEE OF 5%. This only applies to items auctioned with reserves that are applied and not met. The normal buy-in fee for lots unsold is 5% of the reserve, for instance if a consignor reserves an item for $3,000 and it is unsold, the fee will be $150. The auction has an extremely high sell through rate.



To make donations to the Silent Auction, which will be held on Thursday night during the Grand Reception, please contact Michael Peterson at  Donations can be photography-related or just fun items of value.  This year the Silent Auction will feature rare bottles of wine, photography books, restaurant certificates, a hotel weekend package and much more.



Photography-oriented tours are planned for Wednesday, Oct. 19th and Sunday, Oct. 23rd. Several tours are already planned and several more are in the planning process. One will feature a special guided tour of the Auguste Salzmann exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Another will include a visit to the Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg photography collection, featuring many of their amazing 19th-century photographs and daguerreotypes. There will also be a tour and talk on an exhibition of 19th-century Chinese Photography.  Space will be very limited on these tours and you must sign up in advance to be included.  Contact Diane Filippi for details at, and/or Michael Lehr at



For more information on membership in the Society and this year's 19th-century Photography events, you can register and pay online right on this website. Members need to be signed in to get the member rates for the programs. If you plan on joining, it is best to do that first before registering for one or more of the events. You do not need to join to register for any of the programs, but members do get a discount, as noted above.



Current early company and individual sponsors for this year's conference and for the pre-conference symposium include:

Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers

ACM Services/Sarah Morthland Appraiser

Swann Galleries

Cowan Auctions

Gawain Weaver Conservation

I Photo Central

Vintage Works, Ltd.

Michael Lehr

19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop

Phillips Auctions

Penelope Dixon & Associates

Tru-Vue Glazing

USFotoFairs, L.L.C. and the New York Photo Show

Jeff Green

Contact Alex Novak at 1-215-822-5662 or, for details on Event sponsorships and the benefits for sponsors. The program also still needs volunteers for several areas, especially on Friday during the conference and on Saturday during the show. Please contact Alex Novak to participate.