View from the Window at Le Gras

This is the first known photograph ever, taken by Nicéphore Niépce in 1827. Barely visible is the inventor of photography’s unglamorous view of a barn roof and pigeon coop at his estate in Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, France. The photo is housed at the University of Texas’ Harry Ransom Center. Take the visual tour to find out more.

For more interesting photography, photographs I’m sure you’ve seen as well as some you haven’t, check out Life Magazine’s 100 Photographs that Changed the World.

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