Invented by a French chemist named Louis Daguerre The first photo ever taken was a street scene in Paris The daguerreotype was made on a copper plate coated with polished silver It took approximately 3-4 minutes for the image to be burned onto the plate (longer if the lighting was poor) The sitter had a neck brace to keep them still Studios had huge skylights to let in as much light as possible. Daguerreotypes (1837- 1860)
Portraits of animals and outdoor images are rare
Ambrotypes were really just daguerreotypes done on glass. They were much cheaper to produce and cheaper to make They are really a negative image on a glass plate backed with black paint or black fabric to make them into a “positive” Ambrotypes (1854-1865)
Why do you think the ambrotype was not popular for very long?
Tintypes replaced ambrotypes and daguerreotypes because they were much more durable and cheaper to produce. They were made on a thin plate of sheet iron coated with a thin black varnish
Albumens, Carte de visites ( CDVs), and Cabinet Cards A glass negative was used to produce numerous paper “positives” The paper was coated with egg whites and other chemicals Very popular because you could leave the photographers studio with more than one image. You could also write messages on them and give them away Images on paper
Do you recognize these two famous personalities both taken in cdv format?