Portrait of Unidentified Daguerreotypist

Unknown maker, American1845

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Among photography's first photographic advertisements, this image presents a formally dressed man exhibiting nine different daguerreotypes grouped in a display frame. In his left hand he holds two closed, cased daguerreotypes; two more closed cases lay on the table, which is draped with a floral cloth. He may have been the daguerreotypist of those images, presenting and promoting his own wares. Perhaps he was a specialist in portraiture since the visible images are all portraits with a variety of sitters and poses. On the other hand, maybe the photographs are of members of a family from whom he, or the person for whom the daguerreotype was made, had been separated. Facing the camera directly, the man even presents himself like a beacon of light in his gleaming white shirt.

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  • Title: Portrait of Unidentified Daguerreotypist
  • Date Created: 1845
  • Location: Not on display
  • Type: Cased object
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  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=63294
  • Medium: "Daguerreotype, hand-colored"
  • daguerreotypist: Unknown maker, American
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  • Subject: Unidentified Man