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Louis Daguerre was a 19th-century French artist and inventor, born November 18, 1787 and died July 10, 1851. He is best known for his role in the development of photography. Daguerre was an accomplished painter and theater decorator before turning to photography.

His most famous contribution is the photographic technique known as the daguerreotype, which was introduced to the public in 1839. This technique revolutionized photography by allowing the creation of permanent images on copper plates coated with a thin layer silver. Daguerreotypes were very popular in the 19th century and paved the way for the rise of photography as a means of artistic expression and documentation.

In recognition of his achievements, Daguerre received a pension from the French government in 1833 for his work in the field of panorama painting, and after the presentation of the daguerreotype in 1839, he also received a pension as an inventor. Furthermore, the French government acquired the rights to his invention in 1839 and decided to make the daguerreotype method public as a free gift to humanity.

Louis Daguerre remains an important figure in the history of photography, his name being associated with one of the first and most important technological advances in the field.

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