This talk presents eight early daguerreotype plates made in Mexico between December 1839 and January 1840 by Jean Prelier Duboille. Today, the plates reside in the Gabriel Cromer Collection of the Eastman Museum. The process of identification and the subsequent research are discussed, as well as the evolution of the daguerreotype invention after its introduction to the Mexican society.
Fernando Osorio-Alarcón is a Mexican scholar specializing in photography and imaging preservation. He has been director of conservation of diverse public and private collections, and has been a professor and researcher of photography preservation for more than 35 years. He lives in Mexico City and is a frequent traveler and lecturer in several archives and collections in South America. He contributes to UNESCO Memory of the World Program as an active member of the Subcommittee of Preservation.
Presented on September 19, 2020.