martes, 2 de octubre de 2012

First Pic Ever

Joseph Nicéphore Niépce."View from the Window at Le Gras", 25.8 x 29.0 cm. Dated ca1826. Technically, this is a heliograph, and is kept in the original frame in a super controlled environment because of its fragility. Don't adjust your screen it's really like this and even at the site (the Harry Ransom Center) you can barely see anything.

But this is the first documeted photograph. It's in Austin at the University of Texas, USA - the Ransom Center, yes. The picture was taken in Saint-Loup-de-Varennes (Bourgogne, Eastern France). Beethoven was till alive (died the following year in 1827), while Napoleon was buried only 5 years earlier and it was more or less the time of the painting above. Nobody noticed the birth of a new art. Photography took off slowly from the 1840s...

This is a retouched reproduction of the first photograph above (done in 1956). We can see something now: roofs, great! But what a giant leep for humanity!
His inventor, was a bad draughtsman frustrated with his incapacity to draw and he wanted to solve his problem...
The camera obscura was in reality well known even before photography.