mNACTEC daguerreotypes in "Photography in Catalonia"

1 December 2015

The new website offers a comprehensive approach to Catalonia's photographic heritage

The Culture Department has presented  Photography in Catalonia, the first online platform bringing the photographic culture of Catalonia together in one place. The first virtual exhibition on the portal, "Traces of Light", explains the daguerreotype technique, plotting the course of one of the most notable daguerreotype collections in Spain, the Duran Collection at the Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia (mNACTEC).

The mNACTEC has provided 50 photographs from its the daguerreotype collection for this new project, while further photographic holdings from the Museum's collection are expected to be added in the future.

 "Traces of Light"  showcases the key events in the early days of photography, the leading figures, the technological advances that made it possible and its rapid adoption by the bourgeois society of the mid-19th century.

With 11 different settings, each inspired by an exhibit from the mNACTEC collection, the exhibition provides an insight into these veritable gems of antique photography, the virtuoso skills of some of the early photographers, and the use made of their work in contemporary society.

"Traces of Light" is curated by Oscar González, a member of the body of senior artistic heritage technicians and conservators of the Museums of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia and the Head of the Conservation Department of the Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia.