Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The World's First Ever Photograph

It was taken through a window over a rooftop. This was in 1826. Things have improved slightly since then Nevertheless it is fascinating how the inventor died and his partner subsequently took credit for the invention...
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Long before the first public announcements of photographic processes in 1839, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, a scientifically-minded gentleman living on his country estate near Chalon-sur-Saône, France, began experimenting with photography. Fascinated with the craze for the newly-invented art of lithography which swept over France in 1813, he began his initial experiments by 1816. Unable to draw well, Niépce first placed engravings, made transparent, onto engraving stones or glass plates coated with a light-sensitive varnish of his own composition. These experiments, together with his application of the then-popular optical instrument, the camera obscura, would eventually lead him to the invention of the new medium.

Manuscript page filled with handwritten text
An ultimately doomed attempt to interest the Royal Society in his process—which he called "Heliography"—brought Niépce and the first photograph to England in 1827.
The First Photograph in its original frame.
Un-retouched color reproduction of the First Photograph. Click to enlarge.
Another retouched reproduction of the First Photograph.
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