The dawn of photography : French daguerreotypes, 1839-1855

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  • Creator Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Format Computer file
  • Contributors
  • Publication New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art, [2003] ©2003
  • Physical Details
    • 1 CD-ROM : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 insert
  • ISBNs 9781588391018, 1588391019, 9780300101898, 0300101899
  • OCLC ocm55117252


  • Presents essays by eight scholars that discuss not only the history and art of the daguerreotype but also its effect on the economics of Paris from 1839 to 1850, its presence in anthropology, and its eventual decline in the 1850s. Also includes catalogue entries and color images of works from the exhibition, a computer animation on the daguerreotype process, an anthology of historical documents, a chronology, a bibliography, and an index of names and terms.


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  • System requirements for Windows: PC with Pentium processor or compatible system; 128 MB RAM; Windows 98/ME/2000/XP; 800 x 600 resolution set to True Color (24-bit); 8X CD-ROM drive; compatible sound card.
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  • Introduction (video) / Malcolm Daniel -- The daguerreotype as object / Françoise Reynaud -- Daguerre's black box / André Gunthert -- The splendors and mysteries of the camera obscura : critical reaction to the daguerreotype / Dominique Planchon-de Font-Réaulx -- An "industrial sector of considerable size" : the economics of the daguerreotype in Paris, 1839-50 / Quentin Bajac -- The daguerreotype in the French provinces : an unending story / Sylvain Moraund -- The "observational evidence" of daguerreotypes in anthropology / Christine Barthe -- The daguerreotype on trial : the decline of daguerreotype in France / Paul-Louis Roubert -- Reversal of fortune / Stephen C. Pinson
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