I just returned home to South Carolina from the APUG conference in Toronto. The conference was wonderful and I really enjoyed meeting everyone and participating in the conference.
And yet, one of the greatest thrills for me came after the conference. One of the participants in my carbon workshop was Mike Robison. I have known Mike by name for a very long time since he and I have articles (on albumen and carbon respectively) in John Barnier's Coming Into Focus, but had never met him in person. Mike took up the daguerreotype process (traditional) around 1998 and now does brilliant work.
After the carbon workshop Mike invited me to his studio for a demonstration of the daguerreotype process. What a thrill it was to see a master of this process do his work. The daguerreotype is without question one of the (or the) most complicated and demanding of all photograph processes and it was exciting beyond description to see this modern master of the process at work in his studio in the old Wrigley Building in Toronto.
And to top it all off, I got to sit for a Daguerreotype portrait, which Mike graciously gave me in exchange for one of the carbon prints I had in the conference exhibition.
Mike does both private and group workshops on the daguerreotype, and for anyone interested in learning this magnificent process, which ushered in the era of photography, I highly recommend him.