Help copying daguerreotype

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Arturo Simmonds, Sep 17, 2003.

  1. Just recently obtained a valuable daguerreotype from the 1800's, and would
    like to make a copy without destroying it. Anyone have advise on how to do
    this without any risk? Is a scanner safe? Is flash photography bad? Thank
    you. --AS
    Arturo Simmonds, Sep 17, 2003
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  2. Since it is valuable, you shouldn't risk it. It is a job for a pro. Is
    there a museum near you with a photography curator?
    Marvin Margoshes, Sep 17, 2003
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  3. Arturo Simmonds

    J C Guest

    Well, if it is a daguerreotype, then it is on metal (silver). Right?
    And the edges have some tarnish (probably). These images were usually
    mounted behind glass to minimize the tarnishing (oils from fingers,
    that kind of thing).

    Flash photography will not hurt the image. I would however keep the
    image away from solvents.

    I don't think you need a museum curator to arrange the work. But you
    probably do need a copy stand (or similar set up) as well as some
    reflectors (white cards) and lights. It would help if you also had a
    macro lens OR have one of those adapters that allow you to mount a
    regular lense in reverse.

    For a detailed FAQ about reproducing them, go here:

    and look at the 8th item on the list.

    -- JC
    J C, Sep 17, 2003
  4. Arturo Simmonds

    J C Guest

    Pretty good.

    -- JC
    J C, Sep 19, 2003
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