Cased Angel

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A recent sixth plate of a cemetery angel now cased. The case has a new style of closure – a external book clasp. I used to make these before where the foot of the clasp was on the outside of … Continue reading

Daguerreotype Mercury Pots

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Much of this year has been spent in a big learning curve about stainless steel and electrical heat engineering. The goal was to come up with a design for a Daguerreotype mercury pot to be made commercially available for sale, … Continue reading

National Library of NZ visit

Mark Strange (Photographic Conservator), Natalie Marshall (Photo Archive Curator), Myself and Ruth Oliver (Photographic Conservator) © 2013 . All rights reserved.

Recently I visited the first collecting institution I ever worked for – the Alexander Turnbull Library within the National Library of New Zealand. I met with Staff from the Photographic Archive section and the Photograph conservators to talk about cased … Continue reading

My hand in daguerreian history

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Haven’t had as much time for much plate making this year as I am heavily involved with one of my better ideas – the ImageObject exhibit and symposium. The idea got mooted after a chance meeting with the Director of … Continue reading

End of an era

After nearly 14 years of custom making authentic daguerreotype enclosures for clients around the world, I have decided to cease seeking this work and just make them for my own daguerreotypes. I feel fortunate to have gathered the experience I … Continue reading

Camera completed

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My whole plate camera is finished and is ready to go into plate production. I have a landscape as well as a portrait lens and the darkslides which shoot whole plate vertical or horizontal have reduction frames for half plate.

Body complete

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My camera maker has completed the main work on the body of my Grand Photographe, next is the dark slides.

Whole plate movements

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Construction has begun on my next camera. A reproduction of the Chevalier “Grande Photographie” folding whole plate camera design (see image of vintage examples) but carrying a Voigtlander petzval lens. It is part of my long term goal of having … Continue reading

Becquerel revisted

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Last week I taught a workshop to a photographer and demonstrated both the mercurial and becquerel versions of the process. Having not made a non mercury developed daguerreotype since 2008 it took some testing to find out the ASA of … Continue reading

New equipment

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Some new acquisitions the darkroom has made this daguerreotypists life much easier of late. From Lundphotographics.com, two dipping tanks, one I use for galvanising, the other for fixing. These store in a handy caddy and save me having to decant … Continue reading