View from a window of Niepce's house, Saint-Loup- de-Varennes, c 1827.
© Science & Society
One of the earliest surviving camera photographs by Joseph Nicephore Niepce (1765-1833). 'The surface irregularities of the original plate have been emphasised by the technique required to copy the very faint original.' Niepce was a French chemist and one of the inventors of photography. In 1826 he used a camera obscura to project an image on to a sheet of pewter coated with bitumen of Judea. From 1829 he co-operated with Louis Daguerre (1779-1851) in further research.