Weekend at the Museum: Photographic Fictions


Tampering with Perfection


Photography was born pure.  In the beginning, there was the daguerreotype. Each daguerreotype was made individually in the camera. No negative was used. Since photography was so new, and seemed so miraculous, daguerreotypes were prized for their perfect accuracy in recording a scene or making a portrait. Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes called photography “the mirror with a memory.” Why would anyone try to improve upon such perfection?

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