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Daguerrotype: the beginning of image

14.08.2017

Dark room, daguerrotype, photo camera, stereoscope, Hasselblad, Polaroid, GoPro. The long story of images “shot” across 4 pre-selected moments, travelling “randomly” through the thousand results suggested by the web, filtering all with the use of memory. Photographic memory, obviously

It is 1837 when L.J. Daguerre invents the “daguerrotype”: photographic image, realized in only one positive copy, and not reproducible. The photographic image was provided on plates of silver and silver-plated copper, in a dark room, thanks to the exposition to sodium steam. It is the beginning of everything.

If we were in 1853 and we wanted to obtain the closest thing to a tridimensional image starting from a photo found in a drawer, we would use “Masher’s Stereoscope”, which, putting side by side two identical images, could give, to those looking through a lens, the unusual thrill of a 3-D vision.
Pioneeringly ahead, timewise.

Hasselblad Lunar Surface Camera, 1969. You say Hasselblad and you say “photo camera”.
In this case the photo camera in question is the most “absolute” in existence when considering historic photos, those that immortalize moments that will become unforgettable. This, in fact, is the camera that, conveniently modified for the occasion, was used “on the Apollo Moon landing missions!”

Today. GoPro Time. High definition. Minimal encumbrance. Extreme probability. Action. Movement. Wearability. Adventure. Connection. Revolution. Supports. Processors. Drones. Image is everywhere, it follows us everywhere, registers everywhere.