Masters Class in Mercury Daguerreotypes at Peters Valley Craft Center
Mike Robinson
June 10-14, 2011

Internationally known Daguerreotypist Mike Robinson will spend 3 days at Peters Valley Craft Center giving the ONLY U.S.A. Masters Class in the how's and why's of producing Mercury Daguerreotypes. Afterwards, the students will be able to return home, acquire some equipment and immediately be able to not only make Mercury Daguerreotypes but diagnose & correct problems that invariably crop up. Topics to be covered are plate fabrication and preparation, safe management of the chemistry, particularly bromine and mercury, gold toning and equipment design and fabrication. This class is restricted to already knowledgeable Daguerreotypists.

Intermediate - Advanced
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In 1997 Mike Robinson made his first daguerreotype. Today he is a leading practitioner. His daguerreian art is in the collections of The Portrait Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Hallmark Fine Art Collection in Kansas City, The Snite Museum of Art at Notre Dame University, The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Carnegie Mellon Museum and in many private collections. Mike teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in 19th century photographic process at Ryerson University in Toronto. Mike has also taught workshops in the 19th century processes at f295 Pittsburgh, Peters Valley Craft Center, The National Archives of Canada, The George Eastman House, The Amon Carter Museum, and The University of Notre Dame. His work has been reproduced in several issues of The Daguerreian Annual including a feature articles, Southworth and Hawes, a Virtual Tour of Their Operating Room, 2007 and, The Making of Twenty Daguerreotypes in 2001. His work has also been reproduced in Discover Magazine, Photo Ed, and Art & Antiques Magazine. Mike is also serving as the President of the Daguerreian Society. More information can be found at