The Daguerreian Society will hold it 21st Symposium on November 12-15, 2009 in Philadelphia. Exclusive tours are being offered to registrants by three premier institutions, beginning Wednesday, November 11, with the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, Project Basho and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Society will officially open the 21st Symposium with a celebration Thursday evening, November 12th, at the I Photo Central and Vintage Works, Ltd. Gala Reception courtesy of Alex Novak, in the historically significant Library Company of Philadelphia.
Alex Novak, will moderate a lively panel discussion on "Issues in the Conservation of Daguerreotypes" with panelists, Adrienne Lundgren, Grant Romer, and Jiuan-Jiuan Chen. Cliff Krainik will be presenting "John Plumbe in Philadelphia", and Jeffrey I. Richman, historian at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, will discuss "Green-Wood's Great Daguerreians". Jean-Pierre Spilbauer, mayor of Bry sur Marne, France, will provide an update on the "Discoveries in the Restoration of Daguerre's Diorama".
Curator Sarah Weatherwax will speak on her exhibit at the Library Company, "Catching a Shadow: Daguerreotypes in Philadelphia, 1839-1860". Additionally, Elena Simonova-Bulat, a photograph conservator at Harvard's Weissman Preservation Center will lecture on "Preservation of Daguerreotypes at Harvard", and Matthew Isenburg will finish the day with "The Many Faces of Daguerre".
The Daguerreian Society has pulled off a coup in that the Chester County Historical Society will have a major exhibit actually in the headquarters hotel, the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Main Line during the Symposium. Pamela C. Powell, photo archivist at CCHS, is bringing "The Daguerreotype: Portraiture at the Dawn of Photography" for display throughout the Symposium.
The photography trade fair will be open to the general public Saturday, November 14, from 10 am to 4 pm, with a $5 entrance fee. There are some trade fair tables still available for any interested dealers.
For further information on joining the Society, attending the Symposium or trade show and discounted hotel reservations, go to http://daguerre.org/symposia/symposium2009.php . The discounts on hotel rooms is only through October 27th, so make your reservations now.