Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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Taking pictures today is much simpler than it was for Niépce! His photography took many hours to complete. Now, we can take pictures in an instant on a cell phone or digital camera.

Before photography, pictures could only be made by hand. Artists had to draw or paint something as close to real life as they could, but there was no way to capture a picture exactly.

Today, there are pictures all around us. Where are some of the places you see pictures today?

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