08 August 2012

A misty shot of the world to come: 'First ever photo' featuring French field and dating from 1826

Image as accompanied original article
I am a very visual person and I incorporate images into all the research that I do.  I am definitely a believer that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Images help me give me a sense of the past.  And so this news item just fascinated me!

What is believed to be the world's first ever photograph is set to go on display in Germany.

The snap called View From The Window At Le Gras dates back to 1826.

It was created by photographic pioneer Nicéphore Niépce at his Le Gras country estate in Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, France.

Thanks to Dick Eastman for posting about this.

What is the earliest photograph in your families’ possession?  Unfortunately, though I may have a love of photographs, the earliest in my possession are from the early 1900s.

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