Unit 4 Overview:
Daguerreotypes & Calotypes,
The First Decades

Daguerreotype by Argonne National Laboratory, CC-BY-NC-SA

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This unit delves into an exploration of the first two major photographic processes: the daguerreotype and the calotype. You will learn how these two processes differed, how the public responded to each of them, and consider how each one contributed to the future advances of the medium.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the distinctive qualities of images made through the daguerreotype and calotype processes.
  2. List the essential steps involved in the creation of a calotype and daguerreotype image.
  3. List similarities and differences between daguerreotype and calotype images.
  4. Discuss popular uses of both the daguerreotype and calotype processes around the world in the the 1840s and 1850s.

What's Next?

Open the Unit 4 "Content & Activities" folder to get started on your assignments for this week!