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  The research archive of Gary W. Ewer regarding the history of the daguerreotype

Before today's DagNews, I'm happy to pass along a note from Roger Watson: I would like to announce a series of workshops being offered at the George Eastman House. For the past three years we have offered to the public practical workshops on historic photographic processes. Below are listed this years courses: Wet-Collodion Workshop March 15 & 16, 1997 Fee $250 An intensive two day workshop in the methods and materials necessary to produce a wet-collodion image. Students will be shown the procedure for the Ambrotype, Tintype and Wet-Collodion Negative. Each student will make an Ambrotype self-portrait to take home. Daguerreian Workshop June 7 or 8, 1997 Fee $125 These are two, one day workshops on the basics of making a daguerreotype. Students will learn the history of the process, watch a complete demonstration and participate in the making of daguerreotypes. Albumen Printing Workshop August 2 & 3, 1997 Fee $250 An intensive two day course on the step by step creation of albumen paper, its sensitization, exposure and development. Each student will create several albumen prints from start to finish. Wet-Collodion Master Class September 20 & 21, 1997 Fee $325 This two day class allows students to use the skills learned in the introductory course to acquire advanced control. They may make ambrotypes, tintypes or negatives. Instructions will also be given in the printing of wet-collodion negatives. Daguerreotype Master Class October 4 & 5, 1997 Fee $250 Students in this two day course will work the entire daguerreotype process from the polishing of the plate to creating a protective and decorative housing for their image. Each student will take home their own daguerreotype. Registration for these courses can be done by mail, e-mail or by phone. For more information call (716) 271-3361 ext. 325 or send e-mail to rwatson@geh.org Roger Watson George Eastman House 900 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14607 * * * * * * * * * * * On this day (February 24) in the year 1851, the following item appeared in the "Daily Evening Transcript" (Boston): NEW APPLICATION OF THE DAGUERREOTYPE! Mr. Hiram Hayden, an ingenious artist of this village, has shown us three landscape views taken by the usual Daguerreian apparatus upon white paper surface, all at one operation. This is the first successful attempt to produce a positive picture by this extraordinary medium. The pictures exhibit the effect of light and shade, similar to a fine engraving, bringing out the most delicate minutia, with the fidelity of the ordinary Daguerreotype. For many purposes this improvement will be of great importance, as it will enable the operator to produce views and portraits of any size that may be required and at a cheap rate. We understand that Mr Hayden has made application to secure a patent upon the mode of preparing the paper previous to its use. [Waterbury American.] ------------------------------------------------------------- 02-24-97

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