Unblinking Eye
                              The First Photograph

View From the Window at Le Gras
By Nicéphore Niépce, 1827.
Said to be an eight hour exposure on a pewter plate coated with bitumen.
Courtesy of the Gernsheim Collection, the University of Texas at Austin

“Among the relics exhibited is the first photograph, fixed from nature in 1827.  This is a camera photograph upon tin...dated Kew, 8th December 1827. I am sorry to say that this is little or nothing but a blank plate.  When it came into my possission ten years ago the image was plainly visible.” --Henry P. Robinson, 1894

Heliograph by Nicéphore Niépce, 1826

As reproduced by the Kodak Research Laboratory and
extensively retouched by Helmut Gernsheim.


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