At Snapshot Cameras in New Zealand, they celebrated World Photo Day in style. Because the 175th anniversary of photography coincided with the 150th anniversary of the city of Hamilton, the store owners thought it fitting to invite their local contemporary Daguerreotypist to help them celebrate.
The store first dates back to 1928, and has been owned by the Boswell family since 1946.
Photo Organizer Jill Boswell reports Alan Bekhuis from Cased Images created a stereo image from two daguerreotypes, for which each silver-coated copper plate must be brought to a high mirror polish and sensitized to light with iodine and bromine. The plate is then exposed in the camera and developed over heated mercury to reveal the latent image. “Exposed plates must be developed within a very short time of exposure so our guest brought his mobile darkroom, complete with fume cupboard, along on the day to both prepare and to develop the plates.”
Sam Boswell produced a video of the day which can be viewed here.