Chapter Two Part 2: The Foundational Epoch

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See Chapter 2, Part 1 here:

We continue our series with the first of four epochs in street photography, this of the art form’s founding fathers — the Foundational epoch, from 1839 to the start of World War I.

Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (France) – 1787 – 1851

Louis_Daguerre_2Photography as a art form began in earnest on 7 January 1839, when members of the French Académie des Sciences were shown artifacts from an invention by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, who humbly called his then-astonishing prints daguerreotypes. These were the first photographs – highly polished, silver-plated sheets — produced from an actual camera, which Daguerre invented. It wasn’t magic, although as someone suggested, had it emerged a couple hundred years earlier, someone would have burned his ass as a witch. Daguerre had been looking for a way to permanently record what he saw on his camera obscura, and the 1820s work of Nicéphore Niépce…

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