Mid 19th Century Photography at its Finest
Daguerreotype was the first photographic process to become available to the public. It was replaced by a simpler, less expensive option in 1960 but was widely used in the 1840s and 1850s.
Louis Daguerre was a French artist and photographer who is widely considered to be one of the fathers of photography. Daguerre was also an accomplished painter, scenic designer, and one of the key developers of the diorama theater.
Some Daguerreotype photos can fetch a pretty penny, especially when they are in good condition inside their exquisite cases. I love the look and feel of these images. Haunting, beautiful, and extravagant.