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Making a Daguerreotype 2012

Mike Robinson, Contemporary Daguerreotypist

"Building on his background in a variety of alternative processes, Mike Robinson, proprietor of the Century Darkroom, Toronto, works as a modern master of the daguerreotype, a long-neglected and demanding photographic art which produces a direct positive image on silvered copper plate. By its nature, each daguerreotype is a unique object, an irreproducable edition of one. Robinson's work in the daguerreotype combines a classical sense of beauty with the high level of technical skill required for success in this difficult medium. His unique contribution to the modern daguerreotype has gained increasing recognition, with pieces housed in US and Canadian institutions. Mike has also contributed to the field through a growing number of students, many of whom have themselves taken up the daguerreotype." Mike Robinson's Website

Videos of the contemporary daguerreotype process:
The Capitol
A Contemporary Daguerreotype Portrait Test
A Contemporary Daguerreotype Portrait

Open Daguerreotype
Mike Robinson