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Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre

French inventor, scenographer, and Daguerreotypist.

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
Daguerre first made his name designing detailed and elaborate stage sets for operas. In 1822, he and his partner Charles-Marie Bouton opened the Diorama in Paris. The building served as a venue to combine lighting effects and painting to create the illusionistic effect of moving pictures and changing scenes. The popular attraction made Daguerre internationally famous. In 1826, he formed a partnership with Nicéphore Niepce, who had been experimenting with a rudimentary photographic process. After Niepce's death, Daguerre continued with the experiments, which eventually led to the invention of his daguerreotype photo process in 1833. Daguerre did not officially release his invention to the public until 1839, after selling it to the French government in hopes of making a profit. With the money he earned from the sale of the daguerreotype process, Daguerre retired to Bry-sur-Marne the following year.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500022993.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre:

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre Ruines de l’Abbaye de Jumiège, 19th century Lithograph
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