Fifteen years ago when my wife and I married, I asked my father to be my best man; I wanted to present him with a gift to commemorate this wonderful occasion. A friend suggested, as my father is so fond of collecting daguerreotypes, I should have a modern wedding portrait taken in the daguerreian style. While I thought this would be the perfect gift, I had no idea if anyone still practiced this art form. But, as luck would have it, my father invited me to go to a camera show, and while there he introduced me to Mike Robinson. When I was told that Mike is one of the premiere modern daguerreotypists, I immediately booked a session. I commissioned Mike to take a quarter-plate daguerreotype portrait of my wife and me in our wedding finery. We took three images that day, and all three of the images came out so beautifully that I purchased one for my father, one for my father-in-law, and one for our personal collection. Once our image was on display, I realized what a wonderful way this would be to document the special moments in our life, and thus our collection of modern daguerreotypes was born.
This is the story of a son of incurable collectors. My parents, Carole and Howard Tanenbaum, have wonderful collections ranging from African art, to photography, to vintage costume jewelry. My father started collecting daguerreotypes around fifteen years ago and, already bitten by the collecting bug, he inspired me to start my own collection of daguerreotypes. Over the years my wife Kim and I have focused our collection of images on dogs, guitars and firemen, as well as Japanese ambrotypes. Studying each image and imagining the story behind each subject, and the life he or
she led, is part of the process — as is the thrill we get from finding some of our greatest images in the most unlikely places!
This has become our most treasured collection, and we are looking forward to adding to it by documenting these key moments in our lives. Our hope is to share our love of family and collecting with our family and friends, plus anyone else who comes into contact with this collection, and perhaps to inspire.

Wedding Portrait.

Plate 1
Kim and Dan Tanenbaum
Quarter-plate daguerreotype.
artist : Michael Robinson.

Madison

Quarter-plate daguerreotype.
artist : Michael Robinson.

Gracie

Quarter-plate daguerreotype.
artist : Michael Robinson.