Examines how contemporary photographers and scientists understood the technology of the daguerreotype, the first photographic method, used from 1839 to the mid-1850s. Details the modern explanation of its mechanics and reviews the current means of image preservation and restoration. Of interest to historians of technology, and those involved with preservation efforts.
Contains more information than any book that has ever come out on the daguerreotype. And it isn't all technical information; over half of the book is filled with diligent photo-historical research with lots of information on individual daguerreotypists and their work.
(Daguerreian Society Newsletter
Barger and White's book will attract readers interested in the history of early photography and nineteenth-century technology. It provides indispensable information for collectors and restorers. The paperback edition will contribute to the preservation of photography's heritage.
(Joseph Wachelder Ambix
About the Author
M. Susan Barger is an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. William B. White is a professor of geochemistry at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park.