Invented in 1839, the daguerreotype was the first photographic process. It required specialized skill, equipment and hazardous chemicals. Now, we almost all carry a camera around with us every day in the form of our phones. Furthermore, social media platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram allow us to share those images with an immediacy that could not be imagined 177 years ago.
With equipment no longer an obstacle, we can now all be photographers if we want to be, and the SBMA wants to encourage your creative eye!
Submissions are no longer being accepted.
Beginning with the opening of the exhibition Through the Looking Glass: Daguerreotype Masterworks from the Dawn of Photography, we will install a new selection of Instagram images submitted by the public, every two weeks. Each installation will center on one of five themes inspired by the subjects of daguerreotypes in the show: Portraits, Still Life, Work, Landscape, and Pets.
The display schedule is as follows:
- October 22 – November 6: PORTRAITS
Selfies, images of your family, friends, formal, informal, etc.
- November 9 – 20: STILL LIFE
Your take on everyday objects, objects of your own invention, etc.
- November 23 – December 4: WORK
Images from your workplace, your office, how you make a living, etc.
- December 7 – 18: LANDSCAPE
The world around you and how you see it
- December 21 – 31: PETS
The critters you share your life with
PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THE EXHIBITION:
You can pick up your prints from the SBMA offices (2nd floor of the museum) following the close of the exhibition. SBMA offices are open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST (offices will be closed on Nov. 24 & 25 for the holiday). If those times are not possible for you, please e-mail Mark Rospenda at firstname.lastname@example.org for alternate arrangements. Prints not picked up by January 31, 2017 will be discarded.
Thanks for participating!