Handling incredibly dangerous chemicals and taking a single, earth-shattering shot — as much as it sounds like a recent happening in Breaking Bad, we’re actually talking about the daguerreotype process. Invented in the early 1800s, the labor-intensive process laid the groundwork for modern photography and, incredibly, still produces the highest definition images possible — by a long shot. To match that clarity, a digital camera would have to record 140,000 megapixels. Although the practice began to fade with the advent of cheaper, easier-to-view tintypes, today artists like Dan Carillo keep the tradition alive. This short film, put together by visual artist Patrick Richardson Wright, features incredible shots of the daguerreotype process overlaid with narration from Carillo that’s as haunting as the images themselves.
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