A Daguerreotype by Mark Osterman

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One of the first daguerreotypes of Paris made by Daguerre shown at Nicéphore Nièpce’s home – during Patrimony Days, 2002.

The very daguerreotype that was presented at the Academie des Sciences in 1839 by Arago was, with the collaboration of the Hyacinthe Rigaud Museum, exhibited in Nicephore Niépce’s House at Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, where Daguerre spent a total of eight weeks on different trips during the so-called Patrimony Days 2002. The last time it was exhibited was at the Carnavalet Museum , and the next one will be at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

This daguerreotype was taken by Daguerre from a window of his Parisian flat.

Daguerre’s flat

Jean-Louis Marignier and Pierre-Yves Mahé/Maison Niépce did the same research they had done in Nicéphore Niépce’s House, to find the exact spot where the Daguerre picture was taken.

Grant Romer à la fenêtre
Grant Romer at the window

The place has hardly changed, and the Niépce House — in collaboration with the George Eastman House — is presently redoing daguerreotypes from the same window, under the supervision of Grant Romer and Mark Osterman.

Daguerréotype by Mark Osterman

The first Daguerreotype of the same buildings, taken from the window of Daguerre’s house. Mark Osterman’s method is the very same used by Daguerre at the time.