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PORT/TRAIT: Exhibitions

Beginning May 9, 2023, the Channel Islands Maritime Museum will be presenting its latest exhibition, PORT/TRAIT, in its Brenda and Gary Farr Gallery.

From the inception of photography in the early 1840s, cameras captured the international migrations of sailors around the world. The invention of photography can be credited to Louis Daguerre, a French inventor, and artist who first introduced the concept to the French Academy of Sciences in 1839. That same year, the American inventor Robert Cornelius produced what’s considered the first photographic self-portrait. Their creation of portrait photography generated a multitude of encounters between sailors and photographers, capturing their lives at sea for global audiences.

PORT/TRAIT features a beautiful collection of never-before-seen daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, cabinet cards, stereographs, and carte de visite. It also includes a unique collection of embroidered sailor and maritime-themed portraits.

PORT/TRAIT will be on exhibit through September 26, 2023. Entrance to the exhibition is included in the price of admission to CIMM.

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