Snap­shots of Canada

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In­vented in the early 1800s, the da­guerreo­type is the pro­to­type for pho­tog­ra­phy as we know it to­day. Im­ages were cap­tured on a sheet of pol­ished, sil­ver-plated cop­per, al­low­ing each de­tail to be pre­served with pris­tine clar­ity. For the first time in his­tory, hu­mans could cre­ate im­ages of them­selves — and the world around them — as they re­ally were. In Mir­rors with Mem­ory: Da­guerreo­types from Li­brary and Ar­chives Canada, a se­ries of land­scapes and por­traits of reg­u­lar cit­i­zens open a win­dow into Canada’s early days. On dis­play at the Na­tional Gallery of Canada un­til Fe­bru­ary 28. (p. 41)

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