The process of producing photographs on silvered plates, which Louis Daguerre first unveiled to the public in 1839, caught on among rich and middle-class patrons seeking to document their loved ones, possessions and travels. This year, the photos have been the subject of books, exhibitions, scholarly presentations and at least one movie.
A new documentary, “Carvalho’s Journey,” about the 19th-century daguerreotypist Solomon Nunes Carvalho’s travels from South Carolina to California, is being shown at film festivals.
Archives for October 2015
Written and directed by Steve Rivo, Carvalho’s Journey (which received its world premiere at a free screening during the 35th Annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival) is equally impressive for the peculiar moment in art history it explores as well as for the way it captures the contribution of an observant Sephardic Jew to the history of the American West. This documentary is a very rare treat.