Workshop: The Daguerreotype: A Contemporary Approach – a workshop by Jerry Spagnoli


Jerry Spagnoli returns to Australia – a unique opportunity to works with one of the worlds great photographers in daguerreotypes.

You will be working with the same materials and many of the same techniques that were common at the dawn of photography. The daguerreotype is an absolutely unique process, unlike any photo-technique you’ve used before, be prepared for an adventure. We will be working with the Becquerrel method for producing our images. It only requires light to develop the image and avoids the most dangerous elements of the traditional process.

This version of the process was discovered in 1840 and is exactly the same as the more traditional approach except for the method of development. Jerry Spagnoli lives and works in New York City. He is currently working on several projects including two ongoing historical documentation series, “Local Stories” and “The Last Great Daguerreian Survey of the Twentieth Century”.

The common thread among all his projects is the exploration of the interplay between information and knowledge. Taking the camera and photosensitive materials as the traditional standard for objectivity Spagnoli explores the ways that subjectivity is the inevitable basis of all knowledge. A monograph of his work, titled “Daguerreotypes” was published by Steidl in 2006, and his most recent book “American Dreaming” has just been published by Steidl.

His collaborations with Chuck Close have resulted in two monographs, “A Couple of Ways of Doing Something”, published by Aperture and “Daguerreotypes” published by Gabrius. His work has appeared in many books and publications, among them are “Watching the World Change”,by David Friend, “Photography’s Antiquarian Avant Garde” by Lyle Rexer, “21st: A Journal of Contemporary Photography Volume VI: Flesh and Spirit”, Vanity Fair, DoubleTake Magazine, Adbusters, Metropolis and Graphis. His work is held in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Fine Arts,Boston, The National Portrait Gallery, The Nelson Atkins Museum, The Fogg Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Chrystler Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, The High Museum, The New York Historical Society and other major collections.

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