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Early Photography

Nature's pencil: light!

View from the Window at Le Gras

Nicéphore Niépce, 1826

View from the Window at Le Gras

Nicéphore Niépce, 1826

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.

Heliography: Designs and Engravings

Nicéphore Niépce, 1827

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.

Description of Heliography (with notes by Louis Daguerre)

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, Nicéphore Niépce, 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.

Modifications and Improvements to N. Niepce Process of Heliography

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, 1829

L’Atelier de l'artiste

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, 1837

Boulevard du Temple

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, 1838

Buckler Fern

William Henry Fox Talbot, 1839


Robert Cornelius, 1839

The Bertoloni Album

William Henry Fox Talbot, 1839

The Oriel Window, South Gallery, Lacock Abbey

William Henry Fox Talbot, 1835-1839

Windmills, Montmartre

Hippolyte Bayard, 1839

Detail of the Cloisters at Lacock Abbey

William Henry Fox Talbot, 1840

Self-Portrait as Drowned Man

Hippolyte Bayard, 1840

View of intersection of Eighth Street and Market Street, Philadelphia

Robert Cornelius, 1840

Arrangement of Specimens

Hippolyte Bayard, 1842

Bust of Patroclus

William Henry Fox Talbot, 1843

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

Brief Historical Sketch of the Invention of the Art

William Henry Fox Talbot, 1846

Lace Glove

Hippolyte Bayard, 1843-1846

Abolitionist Button


Portrait of Charles Baudelaire

Félix Nadar, 1855

Madonna with Children

Julia Margaret Cameron, 1864

Revolving Self Portrait

Félix Nadar, 1865

Portrait of Julia Jackson

Julia Margaret Cameron, 1867

Portrait of Sir John Herschel

Julia Margaret Cameron, 1867

Portrait of Charles Darwin

Julia Margaret Cameron, 1868

The Horse in Motion

Eadweard Muybridge, 1878

The Darned Club

Alice Austen, 1891

Trude & I, Masked, Short Skirts

Alice Austen, 1891

Group Apparatus

Alice Austen, 1893

Amos Two Bulls — Profile

Gertrude Käsebier, 1900

Wife of American Horse, Dakota Sioux

Gertrude Käsebier, 1900

Portrait of Evelyn Nesbit

Gertrude Käsebier, 1901-1902

The Manger

Gertrude Käsebier, 1903

The Flatiron

Edward J. Steichen, 1904-1909

Victory Arch and Flatiron Bldg



Aleksandr Rodchenko, 1929


Aleksandr Rodchenko, 1930

Pioneer with a Bugle

Aleksandr Rodchenko, 1930
Next Movement

Barbizon School

A small village in France, a gathering of artists.


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