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Original 1839 Daguerreo-type camera actioned in Vienna

The world's first camera being put to practical use was a creation of Louis Daguerre. The camera that became known as a "Daguerreo-type," was first introduced at the French Academy of Science on August 19, 1839. A camera of this type, made by Susse Freres of France, was found in an attic in Germany by a professor (sounds like a good plot for a new movie). The camera was auctioned in Vienna last Saturday for nearly $800,000, a very heavily inflated price compared to the original list price of $50, and went to an anonymous camera enthusiast...
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or read more at:The Daguerreian Society.

The Daguerreian Society brings together people from all over the world who are united by a common interest in the history of photography. Our members include students and teachers… museum curators and scientists... collectors and dealers... historians, photographers and artists.

We formed in 1988 as a group "dedicated to the history, science, and art of the daguerreotype." Daguerreotypes -- the glittering, mirror-like images made by the world's first practical system of photography -- are only one part of what brings us together.

Over the years, we've learned to appreciate the skills and knowledge of our fellow members, and their dedication to increasing the world's understanding of early photography and its role in history.

Additional information: Visit the Daguerreian Society website
May 28, 2007
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