There is this difference between the painter and the daguerreotypist that the one is more indebted to fancy and imagination, and the other to practical experience for the attainment of success. They both woo shadows, but in a different manner.Photographic Art-Journal , May 1852
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Images of individuals posing with the tools of their trade, known as occupationals, are a special kind of studio portrait. Relying for the most part on the simple formula of frontal and pose, occupational portraits generally show the instruments of the sitter's profession casually held in the hand or discreetly placed on a table. Often they are distinguished by the attention paid to the beauty of the tools themselves and the ingenuity with which the daguerreotypist has made them part of the portrait.
The industriousness of the individualand of the country as a wholeis
made manifest of images of commercial images and modern equipment. New inventionsthe
large number necessitated the Patent Act of July 4, 1836introduced new occupations,
such as the Telegrapher (the teletype
was introduced by Samuel Morse in 1838) and Daguerreotypist (announced in America
also by Morse in 1839). Views of buildings such as Meyers & Co., Confectioners
or Excelsior Building represent new wealth and urban development, offseting
the loss of wilderness, just as the Surveyor represents the joining of science
and vision necessary to claim a new land.
Merry A. Foresta, Secrets of the Dark Chamber
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