What is believed to be the world's first ever photograph is set to go on display in Germany. The blurry photograph 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.
Niépce is believed to have created the photo using a camera obscura focused on an eight by ten inch pewter plate coated with bitumen of Judea, a mixture similar to asphalt. When exposed to light the bitumen mixture hardened, while the unexposed portions remained water soluble and could be washed away with a mixture of white petroleum and oil of lavender. As a result of the eight-hour exposure, sunlight illuminates the buildings on both sides of the image, giving the picture its rather peculiar look.
You can read more and see a reproduction of the world's first photograph at: http://goo.gl/WzQD6.
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