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Image-Objects: the quest with silver imaging

The Daguerreotype Workshop with Jerry Spagnoli in Rome, SMPhoto Conservation The Daguerreotype Workshop with Jerry Spagnoli in Rome, SMPhoto Conservation

While making the current sensitising boxes, I would like to share abit of how I began my journey into the 19th Century image-making.

My first experience encountering anything that I had only seen in the photo-history books and documentaries on TV, was a daguerreotype. In 2011 on every Thursday in London, the Spitalfield market held various antique items for sale, selling various range of items from chairs to stamps, weapons and such. I came across a booth which had a few cased daguerreotypes which what I thought at first, was a few dirty old plates on display.

It wasn’t obvious at first glance, but when picked up, like many curious minds, when picked up to view them, the image just pops out from the surface! Between the tarnished mirror, laid a gentleman posed slightly to the side, well dressed and…

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