Replica of Daguerre-Giroux camera

1839 (original); c. 1988 (replica) in France
Science Museum
Alphonse Giroux
Louis Daguerre

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Daguerre-Giroux camera Daguerre-Giroux camera, the original made in 1839 by Alphonse Giroux (c. 1775-1848)
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
Science Museum Group Collection

Replica of Daguerre-Giroux camera. Sliding box camera for daguerreotype plates up to 300x220cm. Plate holder replica of original in Museum of Science, Oxford. Achromat lens; sliding lens cover. Ex-Cromer Collection (donated April 1950). Stand is a modern replica by Science Museum workshop about 1988.

Replica of Daguerre-Giroux camera, the original made in 1839 by Alphonse Giroux (c. 1775-1848).

Daguerreotype photography was invented by the French photographic pioneer Louis Daguerre (1789-1851) and was made public in 1839. Daguerre granted the right to make and sell daguerreotype cameras to Alphonse Giroux of Paris. This was the first commercially available camera and it produced the first distinctive photographic positives.

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Photographic Technology
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brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass, paper (fibre product) and wood (unidentified)
overall stand: 800 mm x 375 mm x 365 mm,
overall camera: 312 mm x 365 mm x 600 mm,
  • derivative object
  • copy - derivative object
  • reproduction
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

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