Daguerreotyping is an early photographic method invented by the French artist Louis Daguerre in 1839. It was the first successful commercial photographic procedure. This photographic method uses a polished, silvered copper plate to produce a direct positive. Because there is no negative, you cannot make multiple copies. This means that every daguerreotype is unique. European daguerreotypes are extremely rare and spread over several European institutions and private collections.
In March 2009, the Daguerreobase was launched. This website was developed by Picturae to make 33 daguerreotypes collections from several European countries accessible and fully searchable. In November 2012, the 'make-over' of the current website was started.
To this purpose, a consortium was established existing of 18 partners from 13 European countries, mainly institutions and private collectors specialised in photography. The project is supported by the European Comission's CIP-ICT-PSP subsidies The Photo Museum of the Province of Antwerp coordinates the project which will take two years. Next to the website, the project will also include a Europeana Virtual Daguerreotype Exhibition. The website and database to be developed by Picturae doe more than aggregating and centralising information. It will also function as an educational platform for researchers and the general public.
As one of the few commercial partners in the Daguerreobase project, Picturae is responsible for creating the new international website, the collection management system and facilitate links to the Europeana cultural database. Members will be able to view, process and save information on daguerreotypes. It is also possible to create links to other records. The Daguerreobase project was officially launched on 1 November 2012 and will run for two years.
The project runs from 1 November 2012 until the end of April 2015.
"This project is partially funded under the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) as part of the competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme by the European Community"