2018 Annual Conference and Show
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The 2018, 30th Anniversary, 19th-Century Photography Annual Conference and Show

Presented by the Daguerreian Society

September 13-16, 2018, at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York, NY.

Conference fees include one spectacular Thursday evening opening reception, a full panel of exceptional speaker presentations on Friday that you don’t want to miss; the fabulous Saturday evening all you can eat Buffet Banquet at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, followed by the Silent & Live Benefit Auction; admission to the 2018 Business Meeting; and early admission at 9:30 am. to the Saturday Trade Show with a full conference program. General admission to the Saturday Trade Show begins at 10:30 am and costs $10 -- pay at the door, no ticket needed.

Our home base will be:

Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
811 7th Avenue 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-581-1000
Toll-free: 888-627-7067

To reserve your room at a Special Group Rate of $299.00, please book through this site.


Symposium Speakers

This list of speakers is not in the order in which they will be speaking. A full agenda will be posted here once it's finalized.

Denise Bethel: Putting the Plot In: My Life with Daguerreotypes

From a sixth-plate of Edgar Allan Poe to a full-plate of John Calhoun, Denise Bethel's long career in the world of photography has been punctuated by a number of remarkable daguerreotypes. Now, looking back on nearly 40 years, Bethel will relate what daguerreotypes have meant to her understanding of the photographic medium as a whole, as well as its market. Or, as someone once said, "When you look back, you get to put the plot in."

Sean Corcoran: Victor Prevost – Early New York on Paper

Born in La Rochelle, France in 1820 (d. 1881), Charles Henri Victor Prevost created some of the earliest known calotypes of New York City. Prevost learned the paper negative process from Gustave Le Gray before emigrating to America in 1848. Although a popular process in Europe, photography created with paper negatives never truly took hold in America. Drawing from photographs in the collection of the Museum of the City of New York and other institutions, the presentation will focus on the photographer's work in New York City and an exploration of what they reveal about the city at that time. Additionally, the presentation will include early examples of Prevost's photographs made in France along with biographical context regarding his work in painting, printmaking and the sciences.

Edith Cuerrier: The Gabriel Cromer Collection at the George Eastman House

One of the George Eastman Museum’s foundational collections, the Gabriel Cromer Collection, is made up of the most important holdings of early French photography outside of France. The Cromer Collection Project, supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, involves cataloging and digitizing more than five thousand photographic objects of all kinds: daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, salted and albumen prints, photomechanical prints, albums, ephemera, three-dimensional objects, cameras, pamphlets and books, early motion studies, and more. Notably, the collection includes Daguerre’s daguerreotype portrait by Sabatier-Blot and a daguerreotype portrait by Daguerre himself, as well as a Giroux camera. Edith Cuerrier was hired in 2018 to be the project cataloger on a team also made up of a curator/leader and a digitization technician. Edith will introduce you to the project and to collector Gabriel Cromer as she highlights some of his collection's most fabulous and intriguing photographic treasures.

Jan Herman: Moon on a Silver Plate

In 1985, while serving as chief medical historian of the Navy and curator of the Old Naval Observatory, I became acquainted with Dr. Susan Barger, daguerreian scholar and, at the time, on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University. Because of my association with the U.S. Naval Observatory, the two of us devised a plan to duplicate one of the first celestial daguerreotypes of the moon. These early daguerreotypes were made between 1849 and 1851 by astronomer George Bond and Boston photographer John Whipple.