Workshop: Modern Daguerreian Methods: A Daguerreotype Workshop with Rob McElroy

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Modern Daguerreian Methods: A Daguerreotype Workshop with Rob McElroy.
May 19-21, 2012 Buffalo, NY

Learn the history of the daguerreotype (the world’s first viable photographic process) and the techniques required to make one yourself. The three-day workshop (actually, four days packed into three) will be taught by modern daguerreotypist, Rob McElroy, who will demonstrate all of the steps necessary to create a modern mercury-developed daguerreotype. Each participant will perform all the steps themselves (plate preparation, sensitizing, exposing, developing, gilding, archival sealing and framing), beginning with a bare piece of silver-plated copper, and finishing with their very own framed daguerreotype.

Along with traditional techniques, Rob will also demonstrate his trouble-free modern method of producing a perfectly polished plate (the key to a great image) without the need for tedious hand buffing. Everything will take place in Rob’s photographic laboratory and studio in Buffalo, NY, with plenty of time afforded for creating more than one image, troubleshooting, viewing vintage daguerreotypes, and discussing each participant’s results.

Rob’s large darkroom/laboratory, along with his studio — equipped with electronic-flash units powerful enough to expose daguerreotype plates, will make for a convenient and exciting learning environment.

A printer-friendly PDF file of the workshop brochure can be found at the following web address:

Some photos from previous workshops can be found here:

For more information, or if you want to be notified about future daguerreotype workshops, contact: Rob McElroy at (716) 877-3000 (email: )