2019 Symposium

Curators AIPAD Sand Dune Photography

Daguerreian Society Annual Symposium Oct 3-6 in Kansas City.

The Symposium

The Daguerreian Society 19th Century Photography Symposium and Fair returns to Kansas City for our 31st annual event. This year the symposium will be held at the The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art October 3 – 6th. The event begins with a tour on Thursday.

Formal events begin with the opening reception Thursday evening at the museum. Friday is filled with presentations about 19th century photography and early photographic processes. Friday evening will include a small show of two members mid-Western collection followed by a traditional round of room hopping, when many dealers and collectors open their rooms for symposium attendees.

The trade show opens Saturday morning with top dealers and collectors offering over 70 tables of historic photographs and related materials. This year a tintype portrait studio will offer attendees the opportunity to have mono and stereo portraits taken at the event. Symposium registration entitles attendees to early entry to the trade show, while others can enter as early buyers for $50.  

Saturday evening is a cocktail party, silent auction, and preview of the annual live auction of photographica before a fabulous Saturday evening all-you-can-eat Buffet Banquet evening banquet. After the banquet the annual live and online auction of fine photographica provides an opportunity for collectors, dealers, and curators to purchase exceptional images while helping generate revenue for the Society.

Sunday morning the Daguerreian Society hosts its annual business meeting to share information and interact with our members.

Your symposium registration includes: 

-Our spectacular Thursday evening opening reception;

-Access to scheduled tours (limited space and reservations required so register early)
-Our exceptional Friday speaker presentations 

-Hospitality Room (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

-Early admission at 9:30 am. to the Saturday Trade Show

-Our fabulous Saturday evening all you can eat Buffet Banquet; 

-Silent & Live Benefit Auctions;

-Admission to the 2018 Business Meeting. 

Revenue from the Symposium, Trade Show, and Auction support the Daguerreian Society (http://daguerreiansociety.org), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization “Dedicated to the History, Science, and Art of Early Photography and Processes.”

The Symposium Hotel:

Marriott Country Club Plaza
4445 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

Phone: 816-303-4556

A special group rate of $169.00/night will be made available to attendees from this page.


To be determined

Hospitality Room 

The Daguerreian Society will open a hospitality room for symposium attendees on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Contemporary Daguerreians, collectors curators and dealers can gather to share passion, projects and participate in the camaraderie of our 30th annual event.

Symposium Presentations 

To be determined


Traditionally the Society offers its exhibitors the opportunity to preview their wares the night before the 19th-Century Photography Show, during the Friday night Room-Hop. Dealers can list themselves and their room numbers with Diane Filippi during registration for this event, and get a door sign to post that it is OK to knock and come in and visit. Only dealers in the show are allowed to list their rooms with the Society.

The Room-Hop will begin on Friday night from 8 p.m. for all those who would like to participate as exhibitors and as early buyers. 

Trade Show

The Trade Show in conjunction with the Symposium will present over 70 tables of exceptional historic photographs and related material, showcasing the offerings of top dealers, many who have exhibited at AIPAD Photography Show, Paris Photo, Photo LA, D.C. Antique Photo Show and other major photographica shows. Like our annual Spring Photographica Fair, dealers and collectors at our Fall Symposium will offer 19th, 20th and 21st century photographs and books, including images from the highest levels of the art photography to vernacular snapshots. Collectible books, historical prints, ephemera and related material will also be available. In addition, a live collodion studio will offer attendees an opportunity to have their mono and stereo tintype portraits made. Table rates start at $100-120 per table for Daguerreian Society members and additional information is available by contacting Diane Filippi.

Annual Cocktail Party/Banquet

The evening of Saturday, October 6, the Society will host its annual cocktail party and banquet, followed by our live auction. The cocktail party will be held in the Lenox Room. The items in the Auction will be available online for those unable to attend and viewable during the entire day on Saturday, including the cocktail hour. The buffet banquet will be held in the Empire Ballroom East, followed by the live auction.

Annual Live and Internet Auction

This year’s auction will also be held on the evening of Saturday, October 6, immediately following the banquet dinner. In addition to the online catalog on the Live Auctioneer site, Symposium attendees will be able to preview the auction items all day Saturday. The Daguerreian Society auctions present exceptional quality items  

August 24 is the deadline for consigning or tax-deductible donations to the Society auction. Each year, many top collectors, dealers and curators to attend in person, and with online and left bids, auction se fierce bidding and realize top prices. 

How to Join and/or Register for the Programs

If you want to join as member, please use secure securely by credit card, PayPal, or electronic check on the Daguerreian Society website here or call Diane Filippi at 1-412-221-0306 (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday  from 9–5 p.m. EST) or email Diane at any time. Symposium registration is available here, or you can print send the PDF here  to: The Daguerreian Society, PO Box 306, Cecil, PA 15321.


Current company and individual sponsors for this year’s conference and for the pre-conference symposium include:


Here’s the list of previous sponsors for the 2016 event

Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers
ACM Services/Sarah Morthland Appraiser
Swann Galleries
Cowan Auctions
Gawain Weaver Conservation
I Photo Central
Vintage Works, Ltd.
Michael Lehr
19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop
Penelope Dixon & Associates
Phillips Auctions
Tru-Vue Glazing
Jeff Green
USFotoFairs, L.L.C. and the New York Photo Show



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