[Darkroom] want? Daguerréotype
audrey at lostinthenoise.net
Fri Jan 29 17:12:24 PST 2010
That camera is a wooden box with a lens on it. There's nothing too
special about a Daguerreotype camera. At Rayko, they've done
Daguerreotypes in a normal large format camera. The film holder was
modified to hold the metal plate. As long as you have a way of
sticking the metal plate in the camera in the correct place, you've
got a Daguerreotype camera. That "way" could be as janky as just
taping it on. It's not at all elegant, but it would totally work.
If anyone wants to do Daguerreotypes, I highly recommend talking to
Michael Schindler at Rayko. I think it's an awesome process, but I
don't at all have the bandwidth to lead a group in doing them. It's a
highly toxic process, involving mercury vapor as the developer. I
hear that if you do it wrong, it sucks a whole lot more than cyanide
poisoning. So do it! but be careful!
On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 4:42 PM, John Magolske <listmail at b79.net> wrote:
> It looks to be expensive only on account of it's antique-ness, seems
> making such a camera would be fairly straightforward. Or, maybe just
> retrofit a "daguerreotype film back" onto a 35mm film SLR for making
> little medallion-sized images.
> Brings to mind something I've wondered about... not sure what the
> resolution and archival quality of daguerreotype is (I think both are
> pretty good), but could this medium be used as a sort of steam-punk
> microfiche for archiving important text files & such?
> * Kelly <hurtstotouchfire at gmail.com> [100129 16:19]:
>> Oh I wish......... That is very expensive. Are there specs online for
>> daguerrotype cameras? I bet we could make one. Ben?
>> On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 3:52 PM, Joachim Pedersen <joachimp at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Daguerréotype von 1839 am 29. Mai bei WestLicht Photographica Auction!
>> > http://www.westlicht-auction.com/
> John Magolske
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