Past Exhibition

Through the Looking Glass: Daguerreotype Masterworks from the Dawn of Photography

When: April 10 - June 14, 2015

About the Show

Through the Looking Glass brings together a comprehensive collection of daguerreotypes from America, France, England, and the Mideast featuring subject matter as diverse as landscapes, architectural studies, occupations, post-mortem images, and portraiture. The daguerreotype, the earliest successful photographic technique, was introduced in France in 1839 by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, and was exported to the United States later that year. Featured in the exhibition are such rarities as a previously unpublished image of a female gold-rush miner, one of the earliest photos of Jerusalem, whole plates of Boston’s upper crust by Southworth & Hawes, and an archeological whole plate by Girault de Prangery, one of the medium’s masters. The exhibition offers a window into history as captured by the cutting-edge imaging technology of the day.

Through the Looking Glass, organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions, includes more than one hundred works, all generously lent from the collection of Judith Hochberg and Michael Mattis. It is supported by the Horace Goldsmith Exhibition Fund and the Friends of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Exhibition Fund. 


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