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Whether this is your first Symposium or your 35th, you won’t want to miss Boston 2023, a celebration of 19th-century photography bringing together collectors, historians, scholars, and museum professionals from around the world. You’ll join other lovers of daguerreotypes and other early photographs gathering at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston on Thursday, September 28, with events scheduled through Saturday, September 30. 

Expert talks shine new light on the art, scholarship, and preservation of early photography.  Photo by Carlos Vertanessian

This is your once-a-year chance to reconnect with old friends and colleagues…and to make new connections with other people who understand the all-out thrill of sharing great photographic images from the past…people who share the way you feel about the vivid, time-travel experiences offered by 19th-century photography.

Audience members engage with leading authorities on 19th-century photography.  Photo by Carlos Vertanessian

Here are some of the events that you'll enjoy when you participate in Boston 2023:

  • luxe opening reception for attendees only, right at the Museum of Fine Arts
  • Talks by expert speakers presenting important discoveries and new research, showing seldom-seen images and offering new insights into photography’s beginnings
  • A photo fair with veteran dealers and newcomers offering more daguerreotypes and 19th-century photographs than can be seen anywhere. Buy, sell, trade, or just look and learn – it’s an opportunity that only comes along once a year.
  • grand banquet with a live auction featuring exceptional images
  • Room-hopping to catch up with friends and see what’s on the market
  • And behind-the-scenes tours of photography collections at museums and institutions

Behind-the-scenes tours provide rare access to museum-quality images and experts.  Photo by David Fondiller

Registrants gain early access to the Photo Fair before it opens to the public.  Photo by Carlos Vertanessian

Block out the time on your calendar…then register right here on line…and make your reservation for a stay at our official host hotel, the Boston Park Place, at a special rate (reserve early for the special rate as rooms are limited).

Members who register early save $. So what are you waiting for?? See you in Boston!

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, where Thursday’s opening reception will be held.

Photo Fair

The Daguerreian Society Photo Fair will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023 on the Lobby Level of the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza, Boston, MA. It is open to Symposium attendees as well as the public.

Symposium attendees and members: 9 am early admission. Entry cost ($10) included with conference registration.

General admission: 10 am - 4 pm, $10. 


Registration is open via the website here. By registering, you receive all the program highlights mentioned above. Further details will follow in emails and Daguerreian Society Quarterly issues.

A summary of the registration options is as follows. Early registration ends August 28. 

 Member Non-member Dealer Tables
 $350 early  $400 any time $200 center table
 $375 late  $250 wall table


The hotel in Back Bay is about a 30-minute walk from the MFA, a seven-minute streetcar rideor a four-minute taxi ride.

A dedicated website has been set up to book your rooms at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. The Society’s group rate is $289 per night with NO nightly resort fees. Reserve your room early!

Boston has an incredible array of world-class cultural attractions for art and history lovers. Click here for a partial list to whet your appetite.

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Phone: 412-221-0306
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