The First Photo Ever Taken

the first photo ever taken

The world’s first permanent photograph was taken in 1827 and was titled View from the Window at Le Gras. The first photo in the world was created by an inventor from France named Nicéphore Niépce.  But what was portrayed in the oldest photo ever created?

the creator of the photo

It’s unclear when Niépce began his initial photography experiments. He became interested in them due to his knowledge of the camera obscura.

the creator of the photo

Niépce reportedly made attempts at comparatively tiny camera images on papers coated with silver chloride, according to messages to his sister-in-law written around 1816.

the creator of the photo

Niépce gave his method the name heliography, which is Latin for “sun painting.”

view from the window at le gras (1827)

The photo depicts a portion of the photographer’s estate, Le Gras, capturing its structures and surrounding landscape as viewed from a tall window.


Francis Bauer fought for Niépce’s claim to be recognized as the first inventor of a method for creating irreversible images after the photographic methods of Henry Fox Talbot and Louis Daguerre were made public in January 1839.


In 1952, historians Helmut and Alison Gernsheim found the image and made it well-known, supporting Niépce’s claim to be the father of photography.

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