Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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A reproduction of the First Photograph, produced by the Getty Conservation Institute in 2002.

The First Photograph was lost for almost 50 years before historians rediscovered it.


Today, Niépce is best known as an inventor of photography. During his life, though, his most successful invention was an engine that propelled boats on water.


The First Photograph is one-of-a-kind. There are no other copies of it anywhere in the world.

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