Name Amon First

Daguerréotype

Next, the latent image was developed using mercury vapor. The plate itself, which was originally stabilized with table salt, was immersed in sodium thiosulfate starting in 1841 to fix the image, and then rinsed. Finally, it was gilded if applicable, washed, and dried.

Because the silver-coated plates were extremely fragile, daguerreotypists learned right from the start to protect their images by placing them under glass, in decorated frames or cases, which are important elements used to authenticate and date these works.

Some contemporary photographers and artists have adapted the daguerreotype technique to their work, including Patrick Bailly-Maître-Grand, Chuck Close, Adam Fuss, Mark Kessell, Irving Pobboravsky, and Jerry Spagnoli.

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