Dating Old Photographs: The Daguerreotype Process

The earliest known modern photography came into existence around 1840. When looking at old photos knowing about the photography process is helpful to point to a date or time period. An early photography process called the “Daguerreotype” is explained in this video (about 5 minutes) from the Getty Museum.


Clark Sisters of Washington – Library of Congress – daguerreotype – c. 1850

Early Photography: Making Daguerreotypes – Getty Museum


More Resources for Early Photography:

Cased Images & TinTypes KwikGuide


Collector’s Guide to Early Photographs


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