Martin Moore

The first successful photographic image ever captured was done so by a man named Joseph Nicéphore Niépce.Living on his country estate near Chalon-sur-Saône, France Joseph Nicéphore Niépce started experimenting with photography in the early 1800’s. The newly invented art of lithography, which swept over France in 1813, fascinated Niépce immensely and by 1816 he begun his initial experiments. He first began by placing engravings which he had made transparent, onto engraving stones or glass plates coated with a light sensitive varnish that he created himself. These experiments, together with his application of the then popular optical instrument, the camera obscura, would eventually lead him to the invention of the new medium.

Finally in 1826, after years of experimenting, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce took the photograph below titled ‘View from the Window at Le Gras‘ at his family’s country home. Niépce produced his photo, which is a…

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