From the series 'My Ghost' (Butterfly Daguerreotype)

From the series 'My Ghost' (Butterfly Daguerreotype)

From the series 'My Ghost' (Butterfly Daguerreotype)
Daguerrotype by Adam Fuss
2001
Cheim & Read Gallery, New York

The butterfly is a classic symbol of the brevity of life, its flight standing for the passage of the soul. It is captured here in an obsolescent technique, that of daguerreotype. Made on silvered copper plates, daguerreotypes were invented in the 1840s and used mainly for portraiture. Here the plate has been intentionally overexposed, producing a shimmering blue.