Digital equipment and image manipulation software give contemporary photographers the chance to control almost every aspect of their images. But control is what artist and curator Jerry Spagnoli enjoys deferring when making his daguerreotypes. “[Working] with an older process, it is going to do what it wants to do, not what you want it to do,” says Spagnoli. “With Photoshop, you can compel the image to be exactly what you want . . . But you learn to look, I think, by not knowing exactly what you’re going to get.” It is precisely the unpredictability in these archaic methods that he finds fascinating.