Mirroring / 印影鏡
  • Mirroring / 印影鏡
  • Toshiyuki Kuwabara
  • 0222.2020
  • daguerréotype(1840s~1860s), LED, microcomputer, video camera, brass
  • 300*500*2000


This work consists of a point light source system centered on a daguerreotype master plate presumed to have been made in the 1840s-60s, and a capture system that captures the shadow image reflected from the daguerreotype.


The daguerreotypes imported to Japan were once called “In-ei-kagami” (mirror), and were described as “kage” or “mirror”. The first time I saw a silver plate daguerreotype with the naked eye, it seemed to me to be the very sensation of describing it as a mirror. More than the capture of reality, the daguerreotype seems to stand out more as a mirror, the transparent part of the system, because this is because this is “what was once a photograph”.


The shadows on the silver plate become shadows, while the rest of the image is reflected as light. If you irradiate a daguerreo that has such a physical quality, the gradations of the tourist areas are projected as shadows. When you capture it with a camera and invert the color tone, the image of the person is reversed like a negative film. The shadow of the daguerreo is reversed, that is, the ghost of light that was once there, is restored only in the electronic image.