Photography

Photography

1826

For centuries the only way to record a person or place was with paint, which was a time-consuming and expensive process. That all began to change in 1826 when Joseph Nicephore Niepce — a French inventor from Chalon-sur-Saone — produced the first permanent photographic image by covering a pewter plate with bitumen. Niepce continued to experiment and, after replacing the bitumen with silver, produced one of today’s earliest surviving photographs.