Early Photography

1826 - 1860

Nature's pencil: light!

It was a close race, who would create the first photograph: Bayard, Niépce, Daguerre, Talbot, it was a mystery. France Wins,1826! View from the Window at Le Gras"  was taken at a country estate, taking approximetly eight hours to expose. Nicéphore Niépce uses a crude camera, copper and chemicals to create the worlds first permanent photograph. Not long after, Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre perfects it and the world is hooked on LIGHT DRAWINGS.  

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Early Photography: Artists


Early Photography: Writings

Heliography: Designs and Engravings

Nicéphore Niépce — 1827

The examples that I have the honor of presenting are the first results of my extensive research on the manner of fixing the image of objects by the action of light.

Description of Heliography (with notes by Louis Daguerre)

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre — Nicéphore Niépce — 1829

Light acts chemically upon bodies. It is absorbed, it combines with them, and communicates new properties. Such, in a few words, is the principle of the discovery.

Modifications and Improvements to N. Niepce Process of Heliography

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre — 1829

Numerous experiments made by the author prove that light cannot fall upon a body without leaving traces of decomposition on the surface upon which it impinges.

Brief Historical Sketch of the Invention of the Art

William Henry Fox Talbot — 1846

The plates of the present work are impressed by the agency of Light alone, without any aid from the artist's pencil.

Early Photography: Artworks

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