St. Paul’s Anglican Church Choir, c 1900

St. Paul’s Anglican Church Choir, c 1900. Photographer: Waldren Studios.  Restoration: Jeff Parker.

Courtesy of Dalhousie University Archives, Waldren Studios Collection

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  1. Today in History in the Chronicle Herald: August 19, 1830, the development of daguerreotype photography was announced in France. It was used often for portraiture. The Walden Studio Collection does not identify the Anglican Church Choir photo as a daguerreotype. Photography historians out there, do you think the Waldren photo of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, built in 1898 by Gustavus Bernasconi, is a daguerreotype?

    We were asked during the Stroll on the Main on July 10, 2014, why we did not have St. Paul’s on the Spiritual/Religion Banner. Even our talented restorers would have trouble with this one.

    Daguerreotypes were the first permanent images made with cameras; each one is unique owing to the particularities of the medium. Following research conducted by Nicéphore Niépce in 1827 and continued by Louis-Jacques Mandé Daguerre, the process was made public by the Académie des Sciences, Paris, on 19 August, 1839. The technique entailed polishing a copper plate covered with a thin layer of silver, then exposing it to iodine vapour to render the silver layer light-sensitive. After exposure in a view camera, the latent image was revealed through contact with mercury vapour. The plate was then fixed and gilded to enrich its tones. Due to their delicate surfaces, plates had to be mounted and sealed under protective glass. In Europe, daguerreotypes were usually framed and hung on a wall, while in America and England they were typically sealed in presentation cases.

    Because of their tremendous sharpness, daguerreotypes were used most often for portraiture.

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