Daguerreotypes: Professional Practice/Major Makers

The earliest daguerreians were concerned not only with securing a permanent, one-of-a-kind image but also with developing a commercial application for this process.

Professional studio portraiture became predominant and the cities of New York, Boston and Philadelphia quickly emerged as centers of early photography, boasting such notable artists as Southworth & Hawes, America’s first masters of the daguerreotype. By 1850, all major cities had notable daguerreian artists in operation.

The Daguerreotypist, ca. 1850

Southworth and Hawes, Albert Sands Southworth, 1811-1894; Josiah Johnson Hawes, 1808-1901
Harriet Beecher Stowe, ca. 1843-1845

Russell A. Miller, American, active 1850s-1860s
Painter and Backdrop, ca. 1855

Henry E. Insley, 1811-1894
Self-Portrait, ca. 1839

Donald McDonnell, American, active 1850s
Indian Chief Maungwudaus, Upper Canada, ca. 1850-1851

Platt D. Babbitt, American, 1822 - 1879
Group at Niagara Falls, ca. 1853

William C. North, American, 1814 - 1890
The Fisherman, ca. 1850

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