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Friday, September 2, 2011

World's First Photograph (1826): "View from the Window at Le Gras"


Centuries of advances in chemistry and optics, including the invention of the camera obscure, set the stage for the world’s first photograph. In 1826, French scientist Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, took that photograph, titled View from the Window at Le Gras at his family’s country home. Niépce produced his photo—a view of a courtyard and outbuildings seen from the house’s upstairs window—by exposing a bitumen-coated plate in a camera obscura for several hours on his windowsill.

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