The Real World: Revolutionaries

Research Paper:

LJMDaguerre – MLA


Blog #1  –  3/3/10

I’m Louis Daguerre but you can call me Louis. I was born in Cormeilles-en-Parisis, Val-d’Oise, France. I am fond of chemistry and passionate about art. I used to own a theater called the Diorama. Guests were treated to large paintings of historical, figurative, and picturesque scenes, lit in ways to simulate motion. I employed the camera obscura as a tool to help accurately trace what my eyes saw. I am most well-known for developing and refining the process used to create Daguerreotypes, or fixed images.

Blog #2  –  3/4/10

I was born on November 18, 1787, in Cormeilles, France and eventually moved to Paris. The arrival of the Industrial Revolution in Paris, caused the city’s population to grow exponentially, with workers and travelers arriving from the countryside on recently-built railways. Its population was soon over 900,000 people, making it the second largest city in Europe after London and the third largest city in the world. The city’s extravagance was demonstrated with the construction of ornate monuments, such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Eglise du Dome. A large part of the people in Paris, the lower class laborers and peasants, however, lived in appalling conditions. Many were forced to survive in cramped buildings where there were unsanitary conditions, alcohol abuse, violence, and crime. In 1831, there was a cholera outbreak that killed over 19,000 people.

Blog #3  –  3/5/10

I began my career as an artist, when I became an apprentice to the chief designer of the Paris Opera. Then, for nine years, I became an assistant to the Opera’s panorama painter. In 1814, I worked as a freelance stage designer. In 1822, I opened the Diorama, a highly specialized theatre where each scene was painted on linen, multi-layered, illuminated by sunlight and manipulated with light so that the scene would appear to change. In 1832, I went bankrupt and stayed bankrupt for three years. In 1839, I had produced the first photograph on a silvered copper plate and called my invention the Daguerreotype. I published the process of developing a Daguerreotype and, by order of the French Government, was awarded an annual pension of 10,000 francs. However, on March 8, 1839 the Diorama and my laboratory burned to the ground, destroying my records and a majority of my early experimental works.

Blog #4  –  3/8/10

The world immediately became fascinated with the ability to document one’s pride in family farms, homes, villages, churches, and the artifacts of livelihood, and, to capture the wonders of the world for publication. By 1843, a flourishing daguerreotype portrait industry had evolved. While still expensive, a small portrait was no longer painted over a prolonged period of time, nor a consession of the wealthy. Someone’s portrait could be immortalized on a silver plate, put into a case of fine leather. Wholesale suppliers, chains of studios, and galleries in big cities, all took part in the new photographic business, taking advantage of peoples’ desire to have mirror potraits of themselves and loved ones. Daguerreotypes were regarded as mirrors of truth. Their luminosity, definition, and seeming ability to reveal the soul of the sitter became the stuff of poetry, and at least one well-known novel, Hawthorne’s House of the Seven Gables. Even a magazine, having nothing to do with photography, was called The Daguerreotype representing “The Truth. By the mid 1850’s, millions of the shiny little pictures had been made of almost every aspect of life (and death), and photography had begun to become commonplace.

Blog #5  –  3/9/10

I am very open to new forms of technology and scientific advancements, so, I believe that traveling forward in time, even though I have no idea how traveling through time is possible, to meet past, present, and future revolutionaries will be an outstanding and thought-provoking occasion. Some of the revolutionaries I look forward to meeting with are Lewis Carol, Hayao Miyazaki, Pablo Picasso, and Steven Spielberg. After reading these revolutionaries’ blogs, I found out that they are influential writers, painters, “filmmakers”, “producers”, and artists. They all seem to have very interesting views on reality and portray those views in different ways. I believe that this will lead to many interesting conversations and debates about life. Even though I will probably not understand much of the inventions, or understand the technology, of the year 2010, I will be able to learn a lot and maybe even see how my invention will have impacted the future. I am sure that I will get along with the revolutionaries who have a passion for the arts and those who have a very literal understanding of reality, because I like to portray life the way my eyes see it in my photographs, or Daguerreotypes. In my suit case I will pack some of my daguerreotypes that survived the fire at the Diorama and my laboratory, some clothes, some letters, and maybe even my camera and supplies for developing. I am both nervous and thrilled to be able to have the chance to meet other revolutionaries mainly from the future.

Blog #6  –  3/10/10

The 21st Century has numerous scientific advancements, many of which greatly impact life in ways that I did not know were possible. In the year 2000, a Japanese electronics company, Sharp, introduced the first “mobile phone” to feature an “image sensor” for taking “digital photos”. A mobile phone is a device that can transmit sound, such as voices, over long distances to another phone, much like a telegraph, but without the use of wires. The ability for an image to be captured from a microscopic sized camera on a mobile phone, that could send both voices and pictures over long distances, continues to baffle me as I have no idea how an image could be captured without the use of something to keep the image on, whether it be a silvered copper plate, glass, or even linen.Once I conducted more research on this internet, I have found out that a digital image is a representation of a two-dimensional image using ones and zeros that a machine reads and re-creates the image that a sensor “sees”.

“History of Photography, Time Line Photos, Audio.” National Geographic: Image Collection. National Geographic Society. Web. 11 Mar. 2010. a href=””>…;.

Blog #7  –  3/11/10

Many different events in the history of France have significantly impacted the culture and the way French citizens live their lives. One major event that had a huge impact on France and the world, was the French Revolution. I was born in 1787, and was still a child when the French Revolution ended. I had been born in country that had just become an independent republic after ending its rule by a monarchy.

Blog #8  –  3/15/10

A utopian society. Even though I am sure it will never happen, I believe that the perfect society would be a place where everyone is able to expresses their ideas and collaborate with one another to be able to improve life and everybody’s understanding of everything. One revolutionary I would collaborate with is Ferdinand von Zeppelin. Ferdinand von Zeppelin was born in July 1838, in Germany, and, even though our countries do not get along, we both have incisive ideas. Zeppelin was a general in the German military while I have lived my life solely as an artist. In addition to Ferdinand von Zeppelin’s military career, he is considered the inventor of the Zeppelin. A Zeppelin is a large dirigible balloon consisting of a long, cylindrical, covered framework containing compartments or cells filled with gas, and of various structures for holding the engines, passengers, etc. The balloon was filled with hydrogen gas which is lighter than any other element. This allowed the zeppelins to carry more. The zeppelins usually carried thousands of people, who had to sit for an hour or two with no form of entertainment besides watching the ground move below. We believe it would be a great idea to add a theater, such as the Diorama which I invented, to give people a form of entertainment while they travel. Passengers would be able to travel great distances, comfortably, and pass time while watching short, 15 minute, shows of realistic paintings coming to life and moving because of the clever use of sunlight. By making these changes more people would be attracted to our form of transportation because they would have fun during the trip and it would also be considerably cheep, compared to other forms of transportation.

Blog #9  –  3/16/10

“Imagination is more important than knowledge”.

I believe that both knowledge and imagination are equally important. I would have never been able to invent my diorama or daguerreotypes if I did not have any prior knowledge in anything, especially chemistry and physics. If I had no imagination, I would not have been able to come up with different ideas of scenes for my theater, the Diorama, such as ways to make paintings come to life. I also would not have been capable of coming up with ideas of things to photograph and ways to photograph them. If I use my imagination to come up with an outstanding idea, I have to use knowledge to make it work or put it into effect. Once I have made something from using my knowledge I must use my Imagination to use what I made in a creative way so that everybody would love it.

Blog #10  –  3/17/10

At this moment I am feel much like a badgilla, a cross between a gorilla and a badger. I think I am very much like a badger because I have a tendency to be solitary, however, I still have a strong personality and a passion towards things that I love, such as art. I like to be solitary sometimes so that I can focus on what I am working on, such as my Daguerreotypes which require a large amount of attentiveness when being processed, or produced. I believe that I am much like a gorilla because they are capable of taking advantage of their surroundings to invent things that benefit themselves and others. Gorillas also show compassion towards one another and don’t mind being in large groups. I also don’t mind being in large groups when I am showing off my work whether it is the shows at my Diorama, or the portraits of people I take.


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