- The First Photograph was lost for almost 50 years before historians rediscovered it.
- The First Photograph is one-of-a-kind. There are no other copies of it anywhere in the world.
- Centuries of advances in chemistry and optics, including the invention of the camera obscura, set the stage for the world’s first photograph. In 1826, French scientist Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, took that photograph, titled View from the Window at Le Gras, at his family’s country home. Niépce produced his photo—a view of a courtyard and outbuildings seen from the house’s upstairs window—by exposing a bitumen-coated plate in a camera obscura for several hours on his windowsill.
Photograph by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce: