The First Photo
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Joseph Nicéphore Niépce
made the first photograph on record in 1826. He captured a crude image
of his south France country estate by coating a pewter plate with an
asphalt called bitumen of Judea, which hardened when exposed for along
time to the sun's rays. The camera was of the pinhole type, since optics
had not yet been applied to cameras. After 8 hours of exposure, the
plate was washed with a mixture of oil of lavender and white petroleum,
leaving the faint image of his courtyard in relief. Visible in the photo
are rooflines of nearby buildings, trees, and the horizon, complete