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THE EARLY AMERICAN DAGUERREOTYPE: CROSS-CURRENTS IN ART AND TECHNOLOGY. Sarah Kate Gillespie. MIT Press, Cambridge, 2016. Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation. 226 pp. with 70 ills. (51 col.). 24 x 19 cm. ISBN 9780262034104 In English.
Publisher's description: The daguerreotype, invented in France, came to America in 1839. By 1851, this early photographic method had been improved by American daguerreotypists to such a degree that it was often referred to as "the American process." The daguerreotype -- now perhaps mostly associated with stiffly posed portraits of serious-visaged nineteenth-century personages -- was an extremely detailed photographic image, produced though a complicated process involving a copper plate, light-sensitive chemicals, and mercury fumes. It was, as Sarah Kate Gillespie shows in this generously illustrated history, something wholly and remarkably new: a product of science and innovative technology that resulted in a visual object. It was a hybrid, with roots in both fine art and science, and it interacted in reciprocally formative ways with fine art, science, and technology. Gillespie maps the evolution of the daguerreotype, as medium and as profession, from its introduction to the ascendancy of the "American process," tracing its relationship to other fields and the professionalization of those fields. She does so by recounting the activities of a series of American daguerreotypists, including fine artists, scientists, and mechanical tinkerers.
Indexing: Western — United States — 1800-1900 — Photography
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 170947
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