Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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A reproduction of the First Photograph, retouched by Helmut Gernsheim in 1952.

This was one of Niépce's first successful results with photography, so he did not have the perfect combination of materials, timing, and sunlight to get a clear picture.


Do not stand right in front of it. Move around the exhibit until the image looks clear to you.


Can you tell what the photograph is?


It is a view out of Niépce's upstairs window.


There is a tree, buildings, a roof, and a fence.


What can you see from your window?

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