The First Photograph

The first photograph ever is a heliograph made by Nicéphor Niépce in 1825 of a rooftop in France. Its an extremely early example and the oldest surviving object in the history of photography.

Despite my close relationship with this photograph, I have never actually seen it in person – until now.

Come along to Austin Texas and see the earliest surviving photograph in history.


  1. says

    Another wonderful vlog, Ted. Thank you.

    In an age when many (if not most) images are viewed only on a computer screen I think it’s nice to encourage photographers to commit their images to paper. Although I photograph both digitally and with film, I try to present images as objects of art rather than digital files. Holding a photograph is a different experience than seeing it on the screen.

    Printing images in platinum gives me (and, I hope, the observer) the sense that we are experiencing a unique object whether the original image capture was digital or analog. Ted, you might consider a vlog entry on alternative photographic techniques with this in mind.

  2. says

    I got to see it a few days ago. Photographic Mecca.

    The HRC site has a thoughtful web exhibit, as well