WHO is he?
Daguerre was a French photographer and artist born on the 18 November 1787 in Cormeilles-en-Paris, France. Died in 1851, 10 July in France and has since become known as one of the fathers of photography.
WHAT was he KNOWN FOR?
He is known for developing the first user-friendly photography process. He cooperated with Joseph Nicephore Niepce and expanded on Niepce's findings to produce the daguerreotype process which he patented in 1839. He used this invention to produce this first photograph of a human being and the model had to stand still for the ten minutes it took for the metal plate to be exposed.
WHAT PROCESS is he known FOR?
DAGUERREOTYPE- Is a challenging process which can be very dangerous to the environment. The process starts with silver-plated copper plate which is first polished and cleaned until it has a mirror effect look which is then exposed to light. Daguerreotypes are not as light sensitive as other photographic processes therefore requires longer exposure. The plate is then developed with the vapours of heated mercury then fixed in a soda mix. To ensure the image is protected the plate is coated with gold chloride. Finally the finished product is mounted on to a glass border with a brass or gold frame.
CAMERA AND EQUIPMENT USED IN THIS PROCESS:
EXAMPLE OF FINISHED PRINTS
video that explains the process