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Revisiting a Dog Daguerreotype on Daguerre’s Birthday

November 18, as today's GoogleDoodle reminds us,is the 224th birthday of photography pioneer Jacques-Louis-Mand Daguerre. In addition to being an artist, inventor, and Scorpio, Daguerre...

Julia Szabo  |  Nov 18th 2011


November 18, as today’s GoogleDoodle reminds us,is the 224th birthday of photography pioneer Jacques-Louis-Mand Daguerre.

In addition to being an artist, inventor, and Scorpio, Daguerre was a Dogster who subscribed to the “Living with Dogs” lifestyle.

Like any good photographer, Daguerrefocused onhis friends andfamily members toperfect his”instantaneous” portraits — daguerreotypes — andhiscooperative subjectsincluded his beloved dog, Mdor (pictured above).

In a letter to fellow photo pioneer Isidore Nipce, dated9 July, 1837, Daguerre wrote:

“I thank you, my dear Isidore, for the gingerbread that you gave us for our little Mdor. I am convinced that he will be very grateful to you for thinking of him, and that, at the very next opportunity, he will devour you with kisses.”

(That’s my translation;to readthe original quote en franais, go here.)

Aw! Happy Birthday, Daguerre!