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Fall 2003 Newsletter

Symposium to Shed Light on Niépce

Photograph

The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center and the Getty Conservation Institute will host an international symposium on the First Photograph, "View From the Window at le Gras," the work of its creator, Frenchman Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, and the beginnings of photography.

From November 20-23, 2003, international photography historians, conservators and curators will meet at the Ransom Center to take part in "At First Light: Niépce and the Dawn of Photography." The symposium will explore recent advancements in scientific, art historical, and conservation research relating to the famed First Photograph and the beginnings of photography. Presentations will reveal as yet unpublished results from the first in-depth scientific examination of the First Photograph.

A number of new research initiatives and ongoing research projects related to the First Photograph and the work of Niépce will be considered at the symposium as well. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss issues related to early photography, including research in Heliography and related photographic processes.

For more information on "At First Light: Niépce and the Dawn of Photography," call 512.471.6315 or visit the Web site.


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