In 1826, Niépce used his heliography process to capture the first photograph, but his pioneering work was soon to be overshadowed by the invention of the daguerreotype.
The use of photography to keep a record of criminals began in the 1840s when police forces commissioned portraits of offenders for so-called Rogues’ Galleries.
The Hogg daguerreotype is one of the most significant objects in our collection. Taken in 1843, it is the earliest known photograph of a photographer at work.
Emily takes a tour of our Collections and Research centre and finds out that there are thousands of objects just waiting to be uncovered.
Back in Bradford after travelling around the world on loan, this 150-year-old daguerreotype of the Moon is just one of our collection’s hidden treasures.