Daguerre(1787- 1851)



He began work as an apprentice architect, and at the age of sixteen was an assistant stage designer in a Paris theatre, his elaborate stage designs winning him considerable acclaim, He developed an impressive illusions theatre, which he termed Diorama; it was a picture show with changing light effects and huge paintings measuring 22 by 14 metres, of famous places. This became the rage in the early twenties. He regularly used a camera obscura as an aid to painting in perspective, and this had led him to seek to freeze the image. In 1826 he learned of the work of Nicephore Niépce, and on 4 January 1829 signed up a partnership with him. Though he now knew how to produce an image, it was not until 1837 that he was able to fix them. This new process he called a Daguerreotype.


-L.J.M Daguerre, "View of the Boulevard du Temple"
daguerreotype, Paris, 1839, Stadtmuseum, Munich



-L.J.M Daguerre, "The Louvre from the Left Bank of the Seine"
daguerreotype,1839, Musee' National des Techniques C.N.A.M., Paris



-L.J.M Daguerre, "Fossils and Shells"
daguerreotype,1839, Musee' National des Techniques C.N.A.M., Paris