There is a photo dubbed “The First Photograph” and it was taken by Joseph Nicephore Niepce. It was taken in 1826. Below is a picture of it in its original frame. It depicts the view form a window at Le Gras. It was produced by a process of using a polished pewter plate covered with a petroleum derivitive called bitumen of Judea. It is then dissolved in white petroleum to produce the image. This was the very begining of photography as we know it.
It’s interesting because the first photograph was not actually taken with a camera. As lilykosmicki said, View from the Window at Le Gras is the first example of a photograph as we know it. It was produced using a camera obscura, which consists of a room or a box with a tiny hole in one wall. Light from the outside scene passes through the hole and strikes a set-up surface inside which leads to an upside-down reproduction of the outside scene. This is the method that Niepce used to ultimately produce the first known photograph.
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