Arches, 1827.
3 5 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm

Arches, 1827.

Niepce, Nicephore

© NMeM / Royal Photographic Society / Science & Society Picture Library


Heliographic copy of a print , 1827. This pewter plate was copied from a stage set for 'Elodie' by Louis Jaques Mande Daguerre. The world's first photograph was taken by Joseph Nicephore Niepce (1765-1833) in 1826; he used a camera obscura to project an image on to a sheet of pewter coated with bitumen. It took eight hours for a blurred image to form. Niepce called his invention a Heliograph, after the Greek 'of the Sun'.



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