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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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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

View from the Window at Le Gras

View from the Window at Le Gras

Nicéphore Niépce,1826
View from the Window at Le Gras

View from the Window at Le Gras

Nicéphore Niépce,1826
L’Atelier de l'artiste

L’Atelier de l'artiste

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre,1837
Boulevard du Temple

Boulevard du Temple

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre,1838
Windmills, Montmartre

Windmills, Montmartre

Hippolyte Bayard,1839
Buckler Fern

Buckler Fern

William Henry Fox Talbot,1839
The Oriel Window, South Gallery, Lacock Abbey

The Oriel Window, South Gallery, Lacock Abbey

William Henry Fox Talbot,1835-1839
The Bertoloni Album

The Bertoloni Album

William Henry Fox Talbot,1839
Self-portrait

Self-portrait

Robert Cornelius,1839
Detail of the Cloisters at Lacock Abbey

Detail of the Cloisters at Lacock Abbey

William Henry Fox Talbot,1840
Self-Portrait as Drowned Man

Self-Portrait as Drowned Man

Hippolyte Bayard,1840
View of intersection of Eighth Street and Market Street, Philadelphia

View of intersection of Eighth Street and Market Street, Philadelphia

Robert Cornelius,1840
Arrangement of Specimens

Arrangement of Specimens

Hippolyte Bayard,1842
Bust of Patroclus

Bust of Patroclus

William Henry Fox Talbot,1843
Lace Glove

Lace Glove

Hippolyte Bayard,1843-1846
Abolitionist Button

Abolitionist Button

Unknown Photographer,1850
Amos Two Bulls — Profile

Amos Two Bulls — Profile

Gertrude Käsebier,1900
Wife of American Horse, Dakota Sioux

Wife of American Horse, Dakota Sioux

Gertrude Käsebier,1900
Portrait of Evelyn Nesbit

Portrait of Evelyn Nesbit

Gertrude Käsebier,1901-1902
The Manger

The Manger

Gertrude Käsebier,1903

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