Thursday, November 17, 2011

Louis Daguerre - Panoramic painter and inventor of daguerreotype photography

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Louis Daguerre (November 18, 1787 - July 10, 1851) was a French Artist, a professional scene painter for the opera.

He began work as an apprentice architect, and at the age of sixteen was an assistant stage designer in a Paris theatre, his elaborate stage designs winning him considerable acclaim,In 1822, he developed an impressive illusions theatre, which he termed Diorama; it was a picture show with changing light effects and huge paintings measuring 22 by 14 metres, of famous places. This became the rage in the early twenties.

His famous paintings were panoramic type illustrating in a huge way the buildings and landscapes.

 His method of painting and preserving the still images led him to focus attention on the development of the photography.   After several years of experimentation, Louis Daguerre developed a more convenient and effective method of photography, naming it after himself - the daguerreotype.

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