It can be difficult for historians to confidently declare a photograph a “first” when it comes to daguerreotypes. The process that bears its inventor’s name had only a short-lived heyday—from the early 1840s to the mid-1850s. Then it was superseded by other, more convenient, photographic methods. Daguerreotypes were unique images and had no negatives. They … Continue reading "The Earliest Surviving Images of the White House and a Sitting U.S. President, Taken at the Start of the Mexican-American War by “the American Daguerre”"
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