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Early Photography

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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Nicéphore Niépce

Inventor of Photography

1765-1833

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre

Visionary Promoter of Photography

1787-1851

Unknown Photographer

Experimenters, hobbyists, scientists and weirdos

1800-1860

William Henry Fox Talbot

The inventor of photography in Britain

1800-1877

Hippolyte Bayard

The second person to invent photography

1801-1887

Robert Cornelius

The inventor of the selfie.

1809-1893
View from the Window at Le Gras

View from the Window at Le Gras

Nicéphore Niépce1826
View from the Window at Le Gras

View from the Window at Le Gras

Nicéphore Niépce1826

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 Niépce1827

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 DaguerreNicéphore Niépce1829

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 Daguerre1829

Eadweard Muybridge

A brilliant murderer studies motion

1830-1904
L’Atelier de l'artiste

L’Atelier de l'artiste

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre1837
Boulevard du Temple

Boulevard du Temple

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre1838
Windmills, Montmartre

Windmills, Montmartre

Hippolyte Bayard1839
Buckler Fern

Buckler Fern

William Henry Fox Talbot1839
The Oriel Window, South Gallery, Lacock Abbey

The Oriel Window, South Gallery, Lacock Abbey

William Henry Fox Talbot1835-1839
The Bertoloni Album

The Bertoloni Album

William Henry Fox Talbot1839
Self-portrait

Self-portrait

Robert Cornelius1839

Émile Zola

Politics, art, truth. Live out loud

1840-1902
Self-Portrait as Drowned Man

Self-Portrait as Drowned Man

Hippolyte Bayard1840
Detail of the Cloisters at Lacock Abbey

Detail of the Cloisters at Lacock Abbey

William Henry Fox Talbot1840
View of intersection of Eighth Street and Market Street, Philadelphia

View of intersection of Eighth Street and Market Street, Philadelphia

Robert Cornelius1840
Arrangement of Specimens

Arrangement of Specimens

Hippolyte Bayard1842
Bust of Patroclus

Bust of Patroclus

William Henry Fox Talbot1843
Lace Glove

Lace Glove

Hippolyte Bayard1843-1846

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 Talbot1846
Abolitionist Button

Abolitionist Button

Unknown Photographer1850

Gertrude Käsebier

A late bloomer elevates photography to emotional portraiture

1852-1934
Wife of American Horse, Dakota Sioux

Wife of American Horse, Dakota Sioux

Gertrude Käsebier1900
Amos Two Bulls — Profile

Amos Two Bulls — Profile

Gertrude Käsebier1900
Portrait of Evelyn Nesbit

Portrait of Evelyn Nesbit

Gertrude Käsebier1901-1902
The Manger

The Manger

Gertrude Käsebier1903
Untitled

Untitled

Aleksandr Rodchenko1929
Lumber

Lumber

Aleksandr Rodchenko1930
Pioneer with a Bugle

Pioneer with a Bugle

Aleksandr Rodchenko1930