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Call for papers: Daguerreian Society 2017-2018

The Daguerreian Society ( invites authors to submit original papers that address and advance the understanding and appreciation of 19th century photography. Possible topics include the art, history, social impact, and practice of the daguerreotype and other photographic processes of this period.

All submissions will be considered for publication in the 2017 Daguerreian Annual.

Award for New Contributors

A $500 award will be given to the paper selected as best submission from an author who has not previously published in The Daguerreian Annual.


The Julian Wolff Awards for Student and Graduate Student Authors

The author of the highest-scored paper accepted for publication from a student or graduate student will receive $1,000, and second-highest scored paper will receive $500.  The two winners will also receive complimentary registration to the 2018 Daguerreian Society Symposium in New York City.  The prizes for student and graduate student authors are offered in memory of the late Julian Wolff, an educator, collector and dealer whose love for the daguerreotype contributed to many private and institutional collections.



  • Authors are responsible for securing all necessary rights and releases for images used as illustrations
  • Authors must grant permission for both one-time print publication and for future electronic access  
  • Papers must be in English and may range in length from 500 to 8,000 words


Selection Process

Juror Keith F. Davis (Senior Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum ) and the Society’s Publications Committee will use a blind peer review process to select papers for publication and to choose New Contributors and Julian Wolff awards. Authors will be eligible for only a single award. The decisions of the Publications committee will be final.  Judging criteria include:

Scope and Quality of Research

Contribution to Existing Knowledge

Potential for Future Development/Seeding New Research

Clarity of Writing

Use of Original Historical Sources

Use and Interpretation of Photographs As Primary Source Documents



Submission of a 300-word abstract by January 15

Review and notification by February 1

Submission of completed manuscript with illustrations by March 1

Review process and notification of final selection by April 1



Send electronic submission to: Diane Filippi

Questions: Please contact Jeremy Rowe

Please include in the subject line: Submission for 2017 Daguerreian Society Call for Papers

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Comment by Tom Ruffles PhD, ARPS on December 4, 2017 at 13:45

'Papers must be in English and may range in length from 500 to 8,000 words.'  Should that be 5,000?

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