[Darkroom] want? Daguerréotype

Audrey Penven audrey at lostinthenoise.net
Sat Jan 30 01:12:24 UTC 2010

That camera is a wooden box with a lens on it.  There's nothing too
special about a Daguerreotype camera.  At Rayko, they've done
Daguerreotypes in a normal large format camera.  The film holder was
modified to hold the metal plate.  As long as you have a way of
sticking the metal plate in the camera in the correct place, you've
got a Daguerreotype camera.  That "way" could be as janky as just
taping it on.  It's not at all elegant, but it would totally work.

If anyone wants to do Daguerreotypes, I highly recommend talking to
Michael Schindler at Rayko.  I think it's an awesome process, but I
don't at all have the bandwidth to lead a group in doing them.  It's a
highly toxic process, involving mercury vapor as the developer.  I
hear that if you do it wrong, it sucks a whole lot more than cyanide
poisoning.  So do it!  but be careful!

- Audrey

On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 4:42 PM, John Magolske <listmail at b79.net> wrote:
> It looks to be expensive only on account of it's antique-ness, seems
> making such a camera would be fairly straightforward. Or, maybe just
> retrofit a "daguerreotype film back" onto a 35mm film SLR for making
> little medallion-sized images.
> Brings to mind something I've wondered about... not sure what the
> resolution and archival quality of daguerreotype is (I think both are
> pretty good), but could this medium be used as a sort of steam-punk
> microfiche for archiving important text files & such?
> John
> * Kelly <hurtstotouchfire at gmail.com> [100129 16:19]:
>> Oh I wish......... That is very expensive. Are there specs online for
>> daguerrotype cameras? I bet we could make one.  Ben?
>> -Kelly
>> On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 3:52 PM, Joachim Pedersen <joachimp at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Daguerréotype von 1839 am 29. Mai bei WestLicht Photographica Auction!
>> > http://www.westlicht-auction.com/
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