Issue #166  11/12/2009
Daguerreian Society Annual Symposium and Trade Show Coming Up in Philadelphia This Week

Just another reminder that the Daguerreian Society will hold it 21st Symposium this week from November 12-15, 2009 in Philadelphia. The Society will officially open the 21st Symposium with a celebration Thursday evening, November 12th, at the I Photo Central and Vintage Works, Ltd. Gala Reception courtesy of Alex Novak, in the historically significant Library Company of Philadelphia.

Alex Novak, will moderate a lively panel discussion on "Issues in the Conservation of Daguerreotypes" with panelists, Adrienne Lundgren, Grant Romer, and Jiuan-Jiuan Chen. Cliff Krainik will be presenting "John Plumbe in Philadelphia", and Jeffrey I. Richman, historian at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, will discuss "Green-Wood's Great Daguerreians". Jean-Pierre Spilbauer, mayor of Bry sur Marne, France, will provide an update on the "Discoveries in the Restoration of Daguerre's Diorama".

Curator Sarah Weatherwax will speak on her exhibit at the Library Company, "Catching a Shadow: Daguerreotypes in Philadelphia, 1839-1860". Additionally, Elena Simonova-Bulat, a photograph conservator at Harvard's Weissman Preservation Center will lecture on "Preservation of Daguerreotypes at Harvard", and Matthew Isenburg will finish the day with "The Many Faces of Daguerre".

The Daguerreian Society has pulled off a coup in that the Chester County Historical Society will have a major exhibit actually in the headquarters hotel, the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Main Line during the Symposium. Pamela C. Powell, photo archivist at CCHS, is bringing "The Daguerreotype: Portraiture at the Dawn of Photography" for display throughout the Symposium.

The photography trade fair will be open to the general public Saturday, November 14, from 10 am to 4 pm, with a $5 entrance fee. An early bird admission is available at 9 am. Vintage Works will be exhibiting with three tables of hard images (daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes). A special sale price will be offered to show attendees only.

For further information on joining the Society and attending the Symposium or trade show, go to http://daguerre.org/symposia/symposium2009.php .