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Niepce, Nicéphore (1765 - 1833)

Nicéphore Niepce works on an invention that would enable to affix images on a support from the mid 1810s - he already writes in 1816: ‘I must now do three things: (1) give more sharpness to the representation of the subject; (2) transpose the colors; and (3) fix them permanently, which will not be the easiest of the three.’ Fascinated by the concept of the camera obscura, he intends to fix the images projected within the camera obscura by experimenting heliography and it works: in 1827, is conceived the first photography. Aware of the groundbreaking aspect of his invention but insecure, Nicéphore Niepce teams with Louis Daguerre who brings his connections and popular success to a mutual quest: imagine a device that reduces the posing time. Unfortunately, Nicéphore Niepce dies before it accomplishment when, in 1839, the daguerrotype is revealed to the public by Louis Daguerre who completely overshadows his partner. Yet the desired success occurs and the society of spectacle is born.

Tags / Nicu00e9phore Niepce - Pioneers - French Photographer - Invention - 1820s
Nicéphore Niepce, The serving table, 1826
Nicéphore Niepce, The serving table, 1826
Nicéphore Niepce, View from the window at Le Gras, 1826
Nicéphore Niepce, View from the window at Le Gras, 1826
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