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It is impossible to be interested in old cameras without being intrigued by the pictures they produce. It is the pictures of faces, costumes, scenes and artifacts of a bygone era that help us recall our history.

Among the various photographic processes which exist, the names of Daguerreotype, Ambrotype and Tintype (or Ferrotype) are well known. I have asked my friend Paul who is a true lover of these marvellous old pictures and who is a journalistic photographer and historian, to provide an overview of them.  He has adapted the descriptions which appear on the website of the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York USA, reproducing portions of the descriptions at that site either verbatim or with editorial changes in the following explanations.

I still continue to take my own photos. While leaving my imprint on the historical record, I try to do it well.

 

 

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