BOOKSHELVES 2022: CONTEMPORARY HALF PLATE DAGUERREOTYPE BY DR. MIKE ROBINSON
For decades Mike has used his bookshelves as a test subject for experimental research. Always striving to improve the quality of his daguerreotypes, this plate represents a departure from conventional sensitizing methods and the result has remarkable image tone and uniformity. Set in archival black acrylic sink mat housing to display the entire plate with Century Darkroom Hallmark.
Dr. Mike Robinson is an artist-practitioner, teacher, conservator, and historian of the daguerreotype. In June 2017 he earned his PhD in Photographic History with his dissertation entitled The Techniques and Material Aesthetics of the Daguerreotype. He has researched and written on the studio practice of Southworth & Hawes for the Young America exhibition catalogue and for the Daguerreian Society Annual. Mike taught graduate and undergraduate courses in 19th Century Photographic Processes at Ryerson University in Toronto, and has lectured and taught daguerreotype workshops in Toronto; Rochester; New York City; Chicago; Lacock Abbey, United Kingdom; Bry-sur-Marne, France; Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Kolomna, Russia.
Mike's daguerreotypes are in the collections of The Portrait Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum, Harvard University, The Carnegie-Mellon, The Snite Museum, The Fox Talbot Museum, The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography, Muse Metienne, The Russian Museum of Photography, and many private collections.
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