Monday, March 30, 2009
The Lightest Victorian Of The Month
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―Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre
b. 1787, Cormeilles-en-Parisis
d. 1851, Bry-sur-Marne
Father of the photographs! Inventor of the daguerreotypes! Coiner of the terms!
Joseph Nicéphore Niépce produced the world's first permanent photograph in 1826. Daguerre the diorama-maker felt that his own work was going too slow. "Nicéphore Niépce’s process would help me create more!" Daguerre thought.
In 1839, Daguerre and Niépce partnered up. Daguerre discovered that exposing a silver plate to iodine vapour, then to light, and finally to mercury fumes, formed a latent image, which a salt bath was then used to fix. Then, Daguerre announced that he had perfected the daguerreotype. Four years later, Niépce died.
Back in England, Fox Talbot was working! He also knew that this thing called “photography” would revolutionize the art world!
Back in France, Daguerre did not know what Fox Talbot was working on exactly! He protected himself by purchasing a patent.
Actually, what he said was:
"I have seized the light.”
And then he said: “I have arrested its flight."