Traços de llum (Traces of light) is a virtual exhibition about the first photographic technique, the daguerreotype. Following in the tracks of one of the most important daguerreotype collections in the whole of Spain, the Duran collection held at the Museu de la Ciència i de la Tècnica de Catalunya (mNACTEC), the exhibition reveals some of the most outstanding features concerning the birth of photography, the people involved, the technological advances that made it possible, and its rapid adoption by mid-19th century bourgeois society.
The exhibition has eleven sections and, taking various items from the mNACTEC collection as starting points, it provides us with the wherewithal to fully appreciate these veritable jewels of old-style photography, the virtuosity of some of the first photographers' work, and the use made by these works by society at the time.
After the appearance of the daguerreotype, the way people looked at the world and at themselves was forever changed. This exhibition enables us to open a window on the distant past of modern society's audiovisual history to better understand its first fleeting images. Since then photography has never ceased to evolve, and its social role has continued to grow to the present day.
Òscar González is a member of the Generalitat de Catalunya's senior artistic heritage and museum curators' organisation. A Humanities graduate and with a diploma in telecommunications, he is currently the Head of the Conservation Department at the Museu de la Ciència i de la Tècnica de Catalunya (mNACTEC).