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Transcript of Facts
Born on Nov. 18, 1797
Died on July 10, 1851
Souterrain / Exécuté pour le Théâtre de l'Ambigu-Comique
Birth place -Cormeilles France
Corner of Daguerre’s Studio
monument in Bry-sur-Marne
Collaboration with Joseph Niepce, shown on January 9, 1839
Niépce and Daguerre created Daguerreotypes (first commercially successful photographic process) , these were normally portraits, the rarer landscape views and other unusual subjects are now much sought-after by collectors and sell for much higher prices than ordinary portraits. At the time of its introduction, the process required exposures lasting ten minutes or more for brightly sunlit subjects, so portraiture was an impractical ordeal.
In 1822, he yet again captured the imagination of people by inventing the Diorama – a Diorama is a mobile theater where patrons watch a series of landscape paintings (which keep changing depending on the theme of the show), while their seats would be moving subtly (as the base of the Diorama was a turntable) to enhance their theatrical experience.
Neither Daguerre’s microscopic nor his telescopic daguerreotypes survive though, on March 8, 1839, the Diorama and Daguerre’s laboratory burned to the ground, destroying his written records and the bulk of his early experimental works. In fact, fewer than twenty five securely attributed photographs by Daguerre survive , a mere handful of still files, Parisian views, and portraits from the dawn of photography.
On January 7 of 1839, people of the French Academie des Sciences were shown the outcome of an experimental invention that would eternally alter the aspect of visual representation: photography. The wonderfully precise pictures they were shown the fruits of the labor that Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre who was a Romantic painter (that lived his life from 1787-1851) and print maker who was most famous until he was a proprietor of the Diorama, a popular Parisian spectacle that featured one of the first application of special effects: Theatrical painting and Lighting effects. Each of his daguerrotypes (that Daguerre himself named) were one-of-a-kind image on a highly polished, silver-plated sheet of copper.
Shells and Fossils
1838-1839 (sources vary) may be the first photograph of humans