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Presenting Daguerreotypes at the Fotomuseum Antwerp – FOMU

By various photographers


Display Cases, Wall Niche


Art Museum
Some examples of European plates: four half-plate daguerreotype group portraits (c. 1850) by Jean Gabriël Eynard Lullin and a 2/3 plate hand-colored portrait of a young girl in a plaid dress (c. 1855) / copyright FOMU, Guy Voet
Framed ambrotype of a Berlin family (c. 1860) and some tintypes / copyright FOMU, Guy Voet
Daguerreotype portrait of a young boy (1854) by Philibert Perraud and a portrait of two women, both with painted glass / copyright FOMU, Guy Voet
Quarter plate daguerreotype portrait of a woman (c. 1850) in original wooden frame by M. Meurisse / copyright FOMU, Guy Voet
Ambrotype group portrait of three students (c. 1870) in American style case / copyright FOMU, Guy Voet
Photo by Guy Voet, courtesy of Fotomuseum, Antwerp.


Fotomuseum, Antwerp, Belgium
August 11 – September 10, 2016






Optium Museum Acrylic®

The Challenge

  • To protect very light sensitive daguerreotypes during an exhibition while providing an optimal viewing experience.

The Solution

Optium Museum Acrylic®

Allows viewers to see the daguerreotypes without distracting reflections.

99% UV blocking
Protects the daguerreotypes from the most damaging light wavelengths, helping prevent fading and degradation.

Acrylic is half the weight of glass and shatter resistant
Safeguards against injury and damage to artwork and visitors.

Anti-static protection exceeds that of glass
Immediately eliminates static charge.  Makes for safer, easier framing and less cleaning.

Abrasion resistant
A durable hard coat protects against scratches from cleaning and general exposure to the public.


The Work

The Fotomuseum Antwerp (FOMU) (Belgium) celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2015 with an exhibit titled Photography Inc. From Luxury Product to Mass Medium. The exhibition told the story of photography and the photography industry from its earliest days to the present. Initially, photography was a craft. A photograph was a luxury item. Later, it became a mass product for a democratic market. Photography Inc. examines the interaction between the photography industry and the photographer. Included in the exhibit were a collection of daguerreotypes, which as small, intimate objects are in their very nature difficult to successfully display. Case design included anti-reflective Optium Museum Acrylic® to provide the best viewing experience possible.

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