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Joseph Nicéphore Niépce

Nicéphore Niépce (born Joseph Niépce; 7 March 1765 – 5 July 1833) was a French inventor. (En.wikipedia.org, 2017)

What he was known for

Niépce (pronounced Neep-sea) is credited with producing the first successful photograph in June-July of 1826. (Geog.ucsb.edu, 2017)

Photographic example of process

Window at Le Gras, c. 1826
Window at Le Gras, c. 1826

The process was known as Heliography (in French, héliographie) is the photographic process invented by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce around 1822, which he used to make the earliest known surviving photograph from nature, View from the Window at Le Gras

The camera and the process

(PetaPixel, 2017)

In 1816 Frenchman Nicephore Niepce made a crude wood camera fitted with a microscope lens. The process used bitumen, as a coating on glass or metal, which hardened in relation to exposure to light.

Visual research ideas

Visual research

Ideas on how to recreate this digitally

Shoot portrait with window light in studio using DSLR, Look for props Shoot rusty metal textures which will blend over the image example video below. Black and white conversion in Adobe Camera raw and tone for sepia in photoshop


Johnston, H. (2017). The First Photo. [online] PetaPixel. Available at: http://petapixel.com/2013/10/02/first-photo/ [Accessed 8 Jan. 2017].

En.wikipedia.org. (2017). Nicéphore Niépce. [online] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicéphore_Niépce [Accessed 8 Jan. 2017].

Geog.ucsb.edu. (2017). Joseph Nicephore Niepce. [online] Available at: http://www.geog.ucsb.edu/~jeff/115a/history/niepce.html [Accessed 8 Jan. 2017].


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