Panoramic view of Paris from the Pont Neuf

Panoramic view of Paris from the Pont Neuf
3 5 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm


Unknown, probably Lerebours Daguerreotype process,c. 1840. A daguerreotype view of Paris from the Pont Neuf, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1840. This very early daguerreotype view of Paris looks west along the River Seine. The statue of King Henri IV which stands in the centre of the Pont Neuf bridge is visible in the centre foreground.Daguerreotype images capture a mirror image of the view. Therefore the Louvre can be seen on the left and not the right bank and the dome of the Hôtel des Invalides on the right instead of the left.In 1839, the Daguerreotype, invented by Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre [1787-1851], became the first photographic process to be announced to the public. Daguerreotypes are unique images which may appear positive or negative, depending on how light hits the surface.

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