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The First Photograph

The First Photograph, or more specifically, the world's first permanent photograph from nature, was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 or 1827. The image depicts the view from an upstairs window at Niépce's estate, Le Gras, in the Burgundy region of France. Niépce's invention represents the origin of today's photography, film, and other media arts. Learn more about the First Photograph through the links below.

Who was Joseph Nicéphore Niépce?

How was the First Photograph created?

What is the story behind the First Photograph?

What does the image capture?

Can I make my own virtual heliograph?

How does the Center take care of the First Photograph?

Where has the First Photograph been displayed?