About the Book
A collection of worn and damaged early photographs—daguerreotypes—scanned and rephotographed in a media archaeology that reveals again what looked to have been lost forever. We sometimes think that the way to reproduce presence, a sense of “being there”, is through rich immersive media. On the contrary, these tiny, almost opaque mirrors on the past bridge the temporal gap between then and now through the faintest of traces. The images are a testament to Adorno’s aphorism—“the best magnifying glass is a splinter in the eye”.