The First Photograph


In June 2002, the world’s first photograph by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce’s “View from the Window at Le Gras” (1826) arrived at the Getty Conservation Institute for scientific analysis. This photograph is the first example of a permanent image created by exposing a photosensitive plate in a camera-like device. Niépce’s work is part of the photographic collection of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

Length: 4 mins, 20 secs
Year: 2002
Format: Video, Color
Country: USA
Director: Pedro Pablo Celedón
Exec Producers: Getty Conservation Institute
Camera: Andrés Garreton
Sound: Auriel Ziegler
Editing: Pedro Pablo Celedón


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