Daguerreotypes, Past and Present

Mike Robinson

Using 19th-century images and examples of his own work, Mike Robinson will discuss the evolution of the daguerreotype process and illustrate what makes this form of photography so fascinating and collectible. Robinson, a Professor in Ryerson’s School of Image Arts, is Canada’s only practising daguerreotypist. His striking daguerreotype portraits of Toronto photographers are a highlight in the CONTACT feature exhibition First Revolution, 1839: Daguerreotypes and the Intimate Gaze at Campbell House Museum.