Today is the birthday of Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, born this day way back in 1787. He is credited with the largest share of the invention of photography.
I've read a lot over the years about the invention of photography, but there doesn't seem to be a good solid book out there about just that and nothing else; they all seem to take some slant or other, assuming the basic story's been well told. But each generation needs the story told anew. The time might be ripe for a book that's just a good straightforward historical account about the first years and all the many people involved.
(Thanks to Michael Lougee)
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Paul Wood: "I can highly recommend Capturing the Light By Roger Watson and Helen Rappaport: My daughter bought it for me and I could not put it down, a great read."
Mike replies: I wasn't aware of that one. You must be in the U.K. as it's not out in the U.S. quite yet. Due Nov. 26th. I've pre-ordered it for the iPad and will no doubt be reading soon with interest. Thanks!
calvin amari: "If he is credited with 'the largest share,' it must be because he was the better self-promoting showman—which is exactly what he was."
Mike replies: Hi Cal—good to see you in these environs again [Calvin, a.k.a. "The Squid," is a major photography collector who prefers to remain anonymous]. Well...I do think he is customarily given the largest share of the credit, and I agree that isn't entirely just, but he wasn't just some charlatan jumping in and hogging all the credit, either. I think it's just as much a mistake to go too far the other way and dismiss him. His contributions were significant and essential. Would you not agree?
It's one reason why the story is so interesting: what's really required is a balanced snapshot of the times, one that includes all the players, big and small, putting each in perspective.