Restoration of First Photographic Camera in Spain as part of IYL 2015 Celebrations

The Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona (RACAB), as part of the celebrations of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) in Spain, presented the results of the restoration of the first photographic camera in Spain on 28 January 2016.

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The first photographic camera in Spain has been propriety of the RACAB since 1839. This camera was designed by Daguerre and it was made by Alphonse Giroux et Cie in Paris. With this camera the first photograph (Daguerreotype) in Spain was made in Barcelona on the 10th of November of 1839. Daguerre invented the first commercial process to get a permanent registration of an image (a Daguerreotype). This invention was announced for the first time on the 19 of August of 1839, in the Academy of Sciences in Paris by its President François Arago. Only about a dozen of the first Daguerre cameras are kept on the world and only two of them belong to the same owner from the beginning to now. The camera at the RACAB is one of these two items; the second one is in Upsala, Sweden.

The RACAB undertook a restoration project of this camera in coincidence with the activities of the RACAB for the celebration of IYL 2015. The presentation of the results of the restoration and the research done on the origins of the Daguerre cameras took place on the 28 of January of 2016, under the presidency of Prof. Ramon Pascual, President of the RACAB. The results were presented by the project coordinator Mr. David Balsells, member of the RACAB and Mr. Martí Llorens and Mrs. Rebecca Mutel who are in charge of the restoration. An audiovisual document was projected at the end of the presentation.

For more information on the project please visit:  http://racab.es/es/noticies/2016/2016-gen-22-2.

For more information on IYL 2015 activities in Spain visit the IYL 2015 Spanish National website.

About IYL 2015

The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations (A/RES/68/221) to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health.  With UNESCO as lead agency, IYL 2015 programs will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015—from the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today.  The IYL Global Secretariat is located at the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

The Founding Partners of IYL 2015 are the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG), the European Physical Society (EPS), the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS), the Institute of Physics (IOP), Light: Science and Applications, the lightsources.org International Network, 1001 Inventions, The Optical Society (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). 

Patron Sponsors include Bosca, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), Royal Philips Lighting, Thorlabs and UL.

Contacts

Sergio Barbero
Secretariat Spanish Committee
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015
luz2015.sedoptica@csic.es

John Dudley
Steering Committee Chair
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015
john.dudley@univ-fcomte.fr

Joe Niemela
Global Coordinator (IYL Secretariat)
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015
light2015@ictp.it