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.

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The Daguerreotypist, ca. 1850
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Southworth and Hawes, Albert Sands Southworth, 1811-1894; Josiah Johnson Hawes, 1808-1901
Harriet Beecher Stowe, ca. 1843-1845
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Russell A. Miller, act. 1850s-1860s
Painter and Backdrop, ca. 1855
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Henry E. Insley, 1811-1894
Self-Portrait, ca. 1839
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Donald McDonnell, act. 1850s
Indian Chief Maungwudaus, Upper Canada, ca. 1850-1851
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Platt D. Babbitt, 1822-1879
Group at Niagara Falls, ca. 1853
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William C. North, 1814-1890
The Fisherman, ca. 1850
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