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Secrets of the Dark Chamber — The Book

Secrets of the Dark Chamber, published by the National Museum of American Art in association with the Smithsonian Institution Press, contains full-color reproductions of all 152 plates from the show along with essays by curators Merry A. Foresta and John Wood and numerous nineteenth-century texts written by and about the daguerreotypists. Publication of this exhibition catalog was supported by the Gilman Paper Company.


The catalog Secrets of the Dark Chamber is out of print.


Daguerreotypes created opportunity (1:38) Audio
Daguerreotypes strongly influenced business. Even a town was named after them!


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