Many times I pass on purchasing an old photo because it is so badly damaged it is almost unrecognizable. But that might change!
A team of scientists led by Western University in London Ontario learned how to use light to see through degradation in daguerreotypes, a form of photography popular in the early 1800s. Daguerreotypes came into being in 1839 and were the earliest type of photography.
The team of scientists used two daguerreotypes from the 1850s that were damaged beyond recognition of the subjects. They could see one was a woman, the other a man but no details were visible.
|The original Daguerreotype|
|The Daguerreotype after the process|