This year F295 is excited to offer expert Jerry Spagnoli’s terrific daguerreotype workshop.
Spagnoli, who has been a photographer since the mid 70’s, is considered one of the world’s leading experts in the revitalization of the daguerreotype process. Often noted in his biography is his groundbreaking technical collaboration with Chuck Close using intense flash to create incredibly detailed portraits.
Some of his most striking images are from the series The Last Great Daguerreian Survey of the 20th Century. Among many significant images included in this series is an amazing plate created on September 11 that depicts one of the World Trade Center towers just moments before the building collapsed.
Spagnoli uses the daguerreotype process as a photographic time capsule, leveraging old themes as a trope for the conveyance of modern ideas and subject matter. He has said that “for me it (daguerreotypy) is the perfect expression of the objective and subjective construction of the world in one simple image.”
The video above was created a few years ago, but is still a great (if not exceedingly brief!) representation of what you can expect from his workshop. You will create your own daguerreotype image and engage, hands-on, with the process from beginning to end. Those who participate in this workshop will go home with a working knowledge of the process and a hand-book to guide building any necessary equipment to continue making plates on their own.