Daguerreotype, circa 1850
‘The Geography Lesson’ by Antoine Francois Claudet
The camera is a mirror with a memory.
This was the evocative phrase that Oliver Wendell Holmes used to describe the daguerreotype, the early photographic process that used polished metal as the surface for image creation.
It’s quite lovely, don’t you think?
Footnote: Announced by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre in 1839, the daguerreotype was wildly popular as a medium for portraiture in the 1850s despite the expense and difficulty of production. The process, using iodine and mercury, was toxic, but the resulting clarity was highly prized. If you’d like more information, click here.
Glad it resonates with you too! Thank you for dropping by…
Indeed is resonates: https://horiwood.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/a-mirror-with-a-memory-is-a-camera/
you are a fine writer.
Thank you for your encouraging words – and of course for reblogging my post…
I love old photography, the photographers had to think about the shot, posing, composition and settings were so important, unlike now with digital photography when its easy to just point, click and delete.
Thank for sharing.
Appreciate your interest – thank you for taking the time to view and comment…
A lovely thought!
Thanks for sharing your impressions, Elisa!
I love this image…
currently reading Sontag’s On Photography
Pleased you like it too! And yes, I’ve delved into Sontag’s essays also… are you planning to read ‘Regarding the Pain of Others’ next? Thank you for visiting, Barbara…
i do love the poses in the old photographs! And of course the clothes… Lovely picture. 🙂
It certainly was another world back then! And how lucky we are to have photographs that document it. I especially love daguerreotypes, they have such a special mirror-like quality. Thank you for your interest, Zelmare…
,thanks for sharing .Wish more success.
Regards. JM Sabbagh
Thank you for your interest…
Thanks for dropping by, Naomi!
Beautiful quote…what a lovely thought….
Isn’t it? Thank you for viewing and sharing your impressions…
Thanks for visiting, John… I appreciate your interest…
Oh, if only our students today knew some elementary geography (or history, or math, or…)!
*grin*… thank you for dropping by, Steve…