Issue #218  8/29/2015
Daguerreian Society Annual Conference and 19th-century Photography Fair to Be Held Nov. 5-8 at the Hilton Pasadena
Past Daguerreian Society Conference Presentation
Past Daguerreian Society Conference Presentation

The Daguerreian Society's annual symposium and 19th-century photo fair will be held November 5–8, 2015 at the Hilton in Pasadena, CA. Early bird rates (made by Oct. 1) for the symposium are $215 for members; regular member registration after Oct.1 is $235; and non- member registration is $275. Details can be found on the Daguerreian Society's website at: http://daguerre.org/symposia/symposium2015.php. For a registration form click here: http://daguerre.org/symposia/registration2015.pdf.

This is a great opportunity to learn about 19th-century photography and engage with fellow collectors, dealers and curators. It is also an opportunity to buy some great images either at the Saturday photography tabletop show or during the silent and live auctions after Saturday night's banquet.

The program starts with a day trip planned on Thursday by bus to the J. Paul Getty Museum to see a new show on daguerreotypes.

Friday will have a full day of top presentations on various 19th-century photography areas. Collectors Jack and Beverly Wilgus will discuss collecting and give attendees a glimpse of their extensive collection. John Stauffer will review and discuss the many photographs of Frederick Douglass. Cybele Gontar will make a presentation on Hiram Powers’ "The Greek Slave" as a much daguerreotyped celebrity artwork. Sarah Allen will educate the audience about conservation issues concerning the Charles Darwin’s family daguerreotypes. Michael Lehr will organize a visual and oral collecting history from some of the members attending the conference. Jim Brust's presentation will explore the rare and important John H. Fouch frontier photographs. And last but not least, Grant Romer will wow the audience with a discussion of the three pristine daguerreotypes by Daguerre himself, only recently rediscovered in Russia.

Past 19th-century photography show
Past 19th-century photography show

On Saturday there will be an extensive photography fair from 10 am-4 pm. As one member put it, “It will be the largest number of daguerreotypes to hit California since the Gold Rush”. Thousands of 19th-century images will be on display and for sale.

The Society is actively seeking quality dealers of 19th century photography for the trade show. To order a table at the trade fair, print out and fill out the pdf form that you can find here: http://daguerre.org/symposia/registration2015.pdf. Attendees for the photography show do not have to be a member or a Symposium registrant to get into the photography fair, just a $10 fee, which you can pay at the entrance. Symposium registrants gain early admittance at 9 am. Regular hours are 10 am-4 pm.

A cocktail party with cash bar and dinner are scheduled for Saturday evening, with an extensive auction of photography items (both in the silent and live auctions) to follow. The auction committee, led by Greg French, is already gathering images to sell. To contact him for quality consignments and/or donations of good 19th-century photography, call 1-617-522-3610, or email him at: gregory.french@me.com.

Sunday is a free day to take advantage of the Rose Bowl Flea Market.

On Monday, Nov 9, participants are welcome at the Huntington Library & Gardens, which they can visit on their own. This facility comprises over 120 acres.

The special group rate is only available until October 5, 2015. You can book this special rate for the symposium here: http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/P/PASPHHF-TDSS-20151103/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG.

The Hilton Pasadena is 20 minutes from Bob Hope Burbank Airport (BUR) and 45 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Known as the ‘City of Roses,’ Pasadena is also home to the Rose Bowl Game and the annual Tournament of Roses Parade. The Hilton is situated close to many popular Los Angeles and Southern California attractions such as Rose Bowl Stadium, Old Town Pasadena and California Institute of Technology. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to sites within a two–mile radius.

To become a member of the Society, you should go here: http://daguerre.org/join.php.

The Daguerreian Society was created by collectors inspired by the magic of the daguerreotype and the early history of photography. The Society has a rich 26-year history of international research and scholarship regarding the social and cultural influence of photography during the Daguerreian era.

Initially founded as a collector’s organization, the Daguerreian Society has evolved into a coalition of interest parties that include dealers, libraries, museum curators, historical associations and academic researchers. While strongly influenced by the daguerreotype, the Society strives to addresses the full range of early photographic processes. To help align the interests of our members, the Society has formally expanded its mission to reflect its focus on the evolution and impact of 19h-century photography.