This Photography Exhibit Features Photographs from the 1840s

By: Emilie Picillo - Published: Mar 21, 2014 • References: photographymuseum and coolhunting
Daguerre's American Legacy is a photography exhibit, which is highly acclaimed and runs in museums in greater-Paris. Created by photo-historian William B. Becker, the collection of daguerreotypes—the first widespread photographic process that involves imagery cast upon a highly polished silver surface—is about to make its American debut at the MIT Museum.

Becker has spent the last four decades collecting early photos and is the founder of the American Museum of Photography; a virtual museum that showcases historic imagery and encourages research and preservation.

The exhibit is going to debut 100 early photographs from Becker's collection, many of which originated during the 1840s and '50s. Each one offers a window into a world that's long gone, serving as an eye in history.