Joseph Nicephore Niepce, French inventor, early 19th century.
4 0 c m
 
28cm
actual image size: 20cm x 32cm

Joseph Nicephore Niepce, French inventor, early 19th century.

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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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