“A Durable Memento: Portraits by Augustus Washington, African American Daguerreotypist” a look at a body of work from the 1840s and ’50s by a photographer with an unusual career: Washington, who made the earliest known portrait of the abolitionist John Brown, opened one of the first photography studios in Hartford, Connecticut before resettling and working in Liberia. “Daguerreotyping” was the name of an early photographic process.

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