Today marks the 175th anniversary of Louis Daguerre’s 1839 announcement of his new ‘invention’, photography.
Daguerreotype photography was invented by Louis Daguerre (1789-1851) and was made public in 1839. In the Daguerreotype process a picture made on a silver surface sensitized with iodine was developed by exposure to mercury vapour.
Find out more about the invention of photography, Louis Daguerre and the pioneering work of Joseph Nicéphore Niépce on the National Media Museum blog. Niépce went into partnership with Daguerre in 1829 but died of a heart attack in 1833 before his pioneering work could be recognised.
From our collection and posted here is an image thought to be Louis Daguerre’s first daguerreotype.
Image use: Earliest existing daguerreotype, 1837. National Media Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Posted 1 month ago on Tuesday, 7th January 2014