chapter  14
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Contemporary Daguerreotypes (Becquerel Process)

The daguerreotype is an exceptionally detailed, direct positive image on a polished silver plate. Each daguerreotype is a one of a kind and possesses a presence; most are delicate, defined, of substantive weight, small enough to be held in your hand, when angled change from positive to negative and “transcend reality: [They] appear to float in space behind glass” 1 Given that they are created by the action of photons (fundamental electromagnetic particles) on solid silver, there is no visible grain, unlike modern film. In addition, one sees a mirror image on a mirrorlike surface. See page 32 for a reproduction of a delightful old daguerreotype.