Dating early New Zealand daguerreotypes and ambrotypes, a case of U.S. origin

Join Shaun Higgins as he recounts a research trip to New York and its impact on our new exhibition, A Different Light: First Photographs of Aotearoa.

AMI CONVERSAZIONE

MON 29 JUL, 1PM
TE PĀTAKA MĀTĀPUNA RESEARCH LIBRARY, LEVEL 2
FREE FOR AMI MEMBERS, NON-AMI MEMBERS $25

With support from the AMI's Archey Fund, Auckland Museum's Curator Pictorial Shaun Higgins travelled to New York to research early daguerreotype photographs. Introduced by Louis Daguerre in 1839, these carefully crafted metallic likenesses were one of the earliest publicly available forms of photography, and began appearing in Aotearoa New Zealand from 1848. Join Shaun as he recounts his findings from this research trip and how it impacted on the development of our new exhibition and publication, A Different Light: First Photographs of Aotearoa.

This Conversazione will be followed by brief tour of the exhibition where Shaun will highlight some key pieces from his talk.

About Shaun Higgins

About Shaun Higgins

In his role as Curator Pictorial at Auckland Museum, Shaun Higgins is responsible for collecting and researching photographic collections. His research interests range from early photographic history in both technology and practice, to its role in documenting social history, conflict and landscape. Focusing on evidence-based research and identification/attribution, he is interested in building a comprehensive record of local photography. He engages in both analogue and digital practice and has applied both historical and technical knowledge to exhibitions for two decades.

Shaun's recent work includes the recent exhibition, Robin Morrison: Road Trip, which was accompanied by a new edition of Robin Morrison's The South Island of New Zealand: From the Road, as well as papers on daguerreotype attribution and revealing one of Auckland’s earliest outdoor scenes in ambrotype.

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