One of our favorite things is to hear people talking about photography who don't ordinarily discuss photography -- this week's surprise was a great story about Daguerre and the invention of the Daguerreotype on Episode 267 of Dinner Party Download. [Direct link to audio].
In August of 1839, the French government released Daguerre's photographic process to the world, a process that was free to use, and soon become a free-for-all. Dinner Party Download investigates this, and goes further, by offering a "signature cocktail" recipe inspired by Daguerre, and in particular, the daguerreotype (don't call it a photo!) made by Berkowski of the solar eclipse across Russia in July of 1851. Still with me? Last week, we learned there will be a full eclipse across the United States in August of 2017, with a flyover over Georgia. It makes one wonder who'll be inspired by Berkowski into making a daguerreotype of that particular sunblock. You have two years to prepare! (Daguerreotype of Daguerre (has a ring to it!) by Jean-Baptiste Sabatier-Blot, 1844, via wikipedia.)