The first photo of all times by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce [1826] - Photos that made history


The first photo was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 on bitumen of Judaea (a material that becomes insoluble in lavender oil after being exposed at light).
The eight hours shutter speed was responsible of causing the impression that the buildings were lighted by the sun from both sides.
To be honest this wasn't the first photo taken by Niépce. In 1816 he obtained his first photographic image (which portrayed a corner of its studio) using a paper sheet sensitized, probably, whit silver chloride. However the image couldn't be permanently fixed unlike the "photo" made in 1826 with bitumen of Judaea.

Some researchers sustain that the first real photo was taken by Thomas Wedgwood, an Englishman, who performed studies on silver nitrate; if this was proved true, it would advance the birth of photography of about 20 years.

The first certain photo is Niépce's one, there aren't any certain Wedgwood's photo, some English texts suggest that he found a way to reproduce images through a photographic process, but that he wasn't capable of fixing them.

This article is part of the section: Photos that made history

Translation by Nina Kozul

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