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10071.02   Daguerreotypes: Chile
10071.03   HMS Topaze and Easter Island, Chile (1868)
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10071.02   South America >  Daguerreotypes: Chile 
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In the early days of photography in Chile there were two early Daguerreotype studios one run by William Gaskell Helsby of Liverpool, England and the other by Robert Vance from Boston, USA.[1] Carleton Watkins learnt the necessary skills to mmake daguerreotypes in the studio of Robert Vance from 1849 onwards. 
10071.03   South America >  HMS Topaze and Easter Island, Chile (1868) 
The moai or stone statues of Easter Islands (Rapu Nui) in Polynesia were known to Western expeditions through the oil painting of William Hodges who was the artist on Captain Cook's visit to the island on a survey mission in 1774.
In 1868 the English ship HMS Topaze commanded by Richard Ashmore Powell collected the four ton statue Hoa Hakananai'a (thought to mean 'stolen or hidden friend') and took it out on a raft to the ship. In Valparaiso in Chile Paul-Émile Miot photographed the statue on the deck of HMS Topaze enroute to Great Britain where it is now in the British Museum.[2][3] 

  1. Λ Weston Naef, 2014, Chasing Aurora: The Secret Life of Carleton Watkins, [Available online] (Accessed: 20 May 2014)
    Chaper 8, "Valparaiso, 1849" provides a background forearly photography in Chile. 
  2. Λ British Museum - Hoa Hakananai'a From Orongo, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Polynesia, around AD 1000
    (Accessed: 4 April 2013) 
  3. Λ For the study of archaeological remains on Easter Island - The Easter Island Statue Project
    (Accessed: 5 May 2014)


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General reading 
Billeter, E., 2003, Canto a la realidad: Fotografía Latinoamericana 1860-1993, (Barcelona: Lunwerg editores) isbn-10: 8477822689 [3rd edition] [Δ
Fernandez, Horacio, 2011, The Latin American Photobook, (New York: Aperture) isbn-10: 1597111899 isbn-13: 978-1597111898 [Δ
Van Tilburg, J., 2004, Hoa Hakananaia, (London, British Museum Press) [Δ
Van Tilburg, J.A., 1992, HMS Topaze on Easter Island, (British Museum Occasional Paper 73) [Δ
Van Tilburg, Jo Anne, 2001, Splendid Isolation, Art of Easter Island, (Yale University Press / The Metropolitan Museum of Art) [Δ
Van Tilburg, Jo Anne, 2006, Remote Possibilities: Hoa Hakananai'a and HMS Topaze on Rapa Nui, (London) isbn-10: 0861591585 isbn-13: 978-0861591589 [Δ
Villegas, Hernan Rodriguez, 1986, ‘Historia de la Fotografía en Chile, Registro de Daguerrotipistas, Fotógrafos, Reporteros gráficos y Camarógrafos 1840 – 1940‘, Boletín de la Academia Chilena de la Historia (Santiago), no. 96, pp. 189-340 [Δ
Villegas, Hernan Rodriguez, 2001, Fotgrafos en Chile durante el Siglo XiX, (Chile, Centro Nacional del Patrimonio Fotográfico, [Santiago]: Impresora y Editora Ograma)) [Δ
Watriss, Wendy & Zamora, Lois Parkinson (eds.), 1997, Image & Memory: Photography from Latin America, 1866-1994, (University of Texas Press) isbn-13: 978-0292791183 [There is also a Spanish edition Imagen y memoria: la fotografía de Latinoamérica 1866-1994 (University of Texas Press, USA, 1998)] [Δ
Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
Sergio Larrain 
Larrain, Sergio & Neruda, Pablo, 1991, Valparaiso, (Paris: Editions Hazan) [Δ
Mayer, Jean, 1968, Chili, (Lausanne: Editions Rencontre) [With photography by Sergio Larrain] [Δ
Paul-Émile Miot 
Chomette, Michèle & Richard, Pierre-Marc, 1995, Paul-Émile Miot (1827-1900), un marin photographe 1857-1870, (Paris: Éditions Galerie Michèle Chomette) [A series of four booklets with the following titles: I. Terre-Neuve 1857-1859; II. Amérique du Sud 1868-1870; III. Océanie 1869-1870 et Sénégal 1871; IV. La croisade de l'Astrée 1868-1871 avec Félix Auguste Leclerc 1838-1899] [Δ
Eliot Porter 
Porter, Eliot et al., 1968, Galapagos: The Flow of Wildness, (San Francisco: Sierra Club) [Δ
Milton Rogovin 
Neruda, Pablo; Rogovin, Milton & Mahoney, Dennis (ed.), 1998, Windows That Open Inward: Images of Chile, (White Pine Press) isbn-10: 187772789X isbn-13: 978-1877727894 [Δ
Robert H. Vance 
Alexander, Abel, 1993, ‘Robert H. Vance: Pioneer of the Daguerreotype in Chile‘, The Daguerreian Annual, 1993, pp. 11-30 [Translated from Spanish by Thomas Kailbourn] [Δ
Carleton E. Watkins 
Naef, Weston, 2013 (onwards), Chasing Aurora: The Secret Life of Carleton Watkins, (Available online) [[Available online] (Accessed: 20 May 2014)] [Δ
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