Building on his background in a variety of alternative processes, Mike Robinson, proprietor of the Century Darkroom, Toronto, works as a modern master of the daguerreotype,
a long-neglected and demanding photographic art which produces a direct positive image on silvered copper plate. By its nature, each daguerreotype is a unique object, an irreproducable edition of one. Robinson's work in the daguerreotype combines a classical sense of beauty with the high level of technical skill required for success in this difficult medium. His unique contribution to the modern daguerreotype has gained increasing recognition, with pieces housed in US and Canadian institutions. Mike has also contributed to the field through a growing number of students, many of whom have themselves taken up the daguerreotype. For more information and illustrations of Mike's past work, see his
New Work & News.
Mike is one of the few artists regularly offering daguerreian portrait sessions.
Robinson's Century Darkroom also offers a line of high-quality, hand-crafted equipment for the modern daguerreotypist, much of it specially developed by Mike in the course of his daguerreian work, for information visit
Century Darkroom Daguerreotype Equipment.
Illustrated at left:
(2001) Half plate daguerreotype,
Collection of George Eastman House, Rochester, NY.
(2002) Quarter plate daguerreotype,
Portrait Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
(2000) Quarter plate daguerreotype,
Hallmark Photographic Collection, Kansas City.
(2004) Half plate daguerreotype,
Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame.