2015-07-06 15:00:35

Daguerreotype cameras and images represent the earliest form of commercial photographic apparatus and process. A carefully exposed image made on silver coated copper plates glistens with a tonal range and delicacy that is unparalleled even by today's standards. The camera shown here is a fine example of a Lewis-style bellows daguerreotype with the original maker's mark and manufacturer's labeled lens, circa 1853-4
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