Part of the ImageObject event is a symposium about the contemporary daguerreotype, the inaugural one was held on the 3rd of April, 2013.
Lyle Rexer, juror for the exhibit and author of the “Photography’s Antiquarian Avant Guard” got the day off to a great start with a wider perspective given on contemporary photographic art practice. It generated some lively discussion in the Q&A session afterwards, making it a perfect way to start the symposium. Jillian Offenbeck from the Archive of Modern Conflict (one of the event’s sponsors) gave us an interesting insight into the collecting of contemporary daguerreotypes by Amc, something close to the heart of the event.
Takashi Arai gave the first of three talks by contemporary daguerreotypists with a fascinating and personal insight into his daily daguerreotype project and how it was influenced by the tsunami and the following reactor meltdown in Japan. I gave an account of my daguerreotypy of Maori culture in New Zealand, and spoke about my mobile darkroom facility. Breaking new ground for the ears of contemporary daguerreotypists in the room was Mike Robinson with his revelatory talk on the “Colours of the Daguerreotype”. The content of the talk is part of Mike’s ongoing research for his PhD dissertation entitled “The Techniques and Material Aesthetics of the Daguerreotype”. Once published it will be of great assistance to all those making daguerreotypes and we look very much forward to it.
Our aim with the IO event is to help expand the genre – to have more people making more daguerreotypes. We hope by holding this annual event we can further what cdags does online, and we are already looking forward to next year: IO-2.
Links to the rest of Lyle Rexer’s symposium talk (8 parts)
Scenes from the IO-1 symposium