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Historical Photographic Portraits

William B. Becker's Daguerreotypes Debut at the MIT Museum

— October 22, 2014 — Art & Design
Before there were selfies, there were portraits and William B. Becker is a photo-historian who captured the first portraits ever made. In a world that puts such importance photos thanks to social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat and more, it is only natural that some people would want to time travel back to when photography was born and, specifically portraits.

Debuting at the MIT Museum's Kurtz Gallery for Photography in America, William B. Becker's work spans the past four decades. This particular exhibit, however, only shows 100 of William B. Becker's portraits. Cool Hunting that many of them "originated during the daguerreotype boom of the 1840s and '50s." They are all full of unique qualities.
Trend Themes
1. Photographic Preservation - There is a growing trend in preserving and showcasing historical photographic portraits, creating opportunities for businesses in photo restoration and exhibition.
2. Nostalgic Experiences - The interest in time-traveling back to the origins of photography and experiencing the past firsthand presents opportunities for businesses in immersive historical experiences and themed events.
3. Heritage Photography - The appreciation for the artistry and uniqueness of early photographic portraits leads to a trend in the revival of traditional photography techniques, offering opportunities for businesses in alternative process photography equipment and services.
Industry Implications
1. Photo Restoration - The demand for preserving and restoring historical photographic portraits creates a disruptive innovation opportunity for businesses specializing in advanced photo restoration technology and services.
2. Exhibition Design - The increasing interest in showcasing historical photographic portraits calls for innovative exhibition design concepts, opening up opportunities for businesses in the field of immersive museum experiences and interactive displays.
3. Vintage Photography Equipment - The revival of traditional photography techniques drives the market for vintage photography equipment, creating disruptive innovation opportunities for businesses that develop and supply vintage cameras and related accessories.
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