1787 - 1851
Theatre design / Architecture / Panoramic Painting
'invented' the Diorama in Theatre
The 'Daguerreotype' process of photography
Daguerre constructed huge panoramic paintings, playing with perspective and lighting.
Audiences would come and view these paintings, and with progressive lighting the scenes would appear to change / move over time. Subtle lighting would give the impression of day changing to night. Candles would ignite, shadows would move.
The whole audience would be on a rotating stage, so once one painting had been viewed they would rotate 180º and be presented with a second scene to experience.
One of Daguerres diorama paintings can still be seen in the church of Bry-sur-Marne (Paris, France) The image changes as the day wears on. Candles light up at night time.