Definition of daguerreotype in English:

daguerreotype

(also daguerrotype)

noun

  • A photograph taken by an early photographic process employing an iodine-sensitized silvered plate and mercury vapor.

    • ‘This exhibition includes 115 photographs, negatives and daguerreotypes by Fox Talbot, one of the 19th-century founders of the photographic medium, and several of his contemporaries.’
    • ‘Like all the archaic photograph processes - and like a Polaroid - the daguerreotype delivers instant gratification.’
    • ‘I now collect daguerreotypes, photographs taken by an early process using copper plating, and at the same time I have the latest digital camera.’
    • ‘In the French version of this exhibition, for example, a daguerreotype titled Study of Rocks appeared in a section titled ‘Vues de Paris et de France.’’
    • ‘Although Philadelphians were intrigued by the invention of the daguerreotype, photographic portraits did not fully meet their needs during the 1840s and 1850s.’
    • ‘Its inventor around 1820 was the French landscape painter Louis Daguerre, later a pioneer of photography and originator of the daguerreotype.’
    • ‘Talbot's negative-positive process was a major factor in the decline of the daguerreotype - which was a one-shot, like a Polaroid.’
    • ‘Photographers often placed finished daguerreotypes in a custom velvet case with glass over the image.’
    • ‘Within a few months of the announcement of the first daguerreotype in Paris in 1839, photography had arrived in India.’
    • ‘In the mid-1800s, with the invention of the daguerreotype and the fixed printing processes of William Henry Fox Talbot, photography as a tool of art and science rapidly evolved.’
    • ‘Starting with the invention of the daguerreotype in France in the late 1830s, photography has undergone a succession of technical innovations.’
    • ‘After all, it is no coincidence that the daguerreotype in its highly polished and silver plated form was known as the ‘mirror with the memory.’’
    • ‘Most of the earliest daguerreotypes were portraits.’
    • ‘In the mid 19th century, Scottish photographers were among the first to use the variety of photographically linked techniques such as the calotype, daguerreotype and photogravure.’
    • ‘Over the summer I had established that my photograph in fact was a copy of a daguerreotype made years earlier.’
    • ‘Those who mastered the rather complicated process of making daguerreotypes were awestruck that these pictures revealed details invisible to the naked eye.’
    • ‘Like the earlier daguerreotype, each image is unique, made one at a time in the camera.’
    • ‘In the first three chapters of her book, Sandweiss focuses on early daguerreotypes taken by photographers during the Mexican-American War and by photographers employed to document early government expeditions to the West.’
    • ‘Studio photographers produced most of the earliest images using standard-sized plates for daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes.’
    • ‘Although streamlining the production of miniatures may have been one reason why Brown employed daguerreotypes, aesthetic choices may also have played a part.’
    photograph, photo, studio portrait, picture, shot, study, still, snap, snapshot, vignette
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Origin

Mid 19th century: from French daguerréotype, named after L.-J.-M. Daguerre(see Daguerre, Louis), its French inventor.

Pronunciation:

daguerreotype

/dəˈɡerəˌtīp/