/ by Sarah Jamison

   Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (1787-1851), a romantic painter and printmaker, invented the Daguerreotype, a one of a kind highly detailed image on a polished, silver-plated sheet of copper. Working with Niépce, he created a way to fix the image on metal. His invention became a huge success in Europe and America. Unfortunately, less than 25% of Daguerre’s original photographs survived a devastating fire to his laboratory in March of 1839. This image (1938), includes the first known candid photo of a person (lower left).

Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (1787-1851), a romantic painter and printmaker, invented the Daguerreotype, a one of a kind highly detailed image on a polished, silver-plated sheet of copper. Working with Niépce, he created a way to fix the image on metal. His invention became a huge success in Europe and America. Unfortunately, less than 25% of Daguerre’s original photographs survived a devastating fire to his laboratory in March of 1839. This image (1938), includes the first known candid photo of a person (lower left).