Joseph Nicéphore Niépce may be a familiar name to anyone who is a big fan of photography or artistic history. Niépce, was of course the infamous French experimenter who invented the earliest example of the very first visual camera.
In 1816, the French creator took what we now know as the ‘First Ever Photograph’ that remains the most influential and successful example of to survive at this time. Unlike the technology advances we have today when it comes to digital photography, Niépce’s discovery of creating his very own camera came from the camera obscura (which in fact dates even further back to what the ancient Chinese and ancient Greeks used to create pictures).
Using his small creation of a camera, Niépce in addition, used a piece of paper, coated with silver chloride in front of camera which gave the effect of darkening where it was exposed to light.
Are you maybe now a little more curious as to what the first ever photograph looks like? Well-here it is…
The image supposedly depicts a blurry view from an upstairs window at Niépce’s own home in the Burgundy region of France. Of course, it is quite difficult to make out, but this is due to the physical and chemical characteristics of the heliographic proccess which. The picture may not be perceived as the most interesting ‘First ever photograph’, but it definitely proves how much camera technology has evolved over the past generations before and during most of our time.
To cut across from the very beginning of photography to the current generation of its use, we can see many different changes of how it lives in our world, especially on social media (I talk further about this in my second blog entry). In our 21st century, nearly 89% of the worlds population own their own camera and the internet has made a powerful impact of how pictures can now be shared with others worldwide.
Now the process of creating a picture takes only a minute, if not a second with the touch of a button to capture one moment. Printing images is accessible at nearly any store around you and nearly every digital technology has a high quality camera installed that portrays a picture just as you see it with your own eyes.
The dramatic difference is of course very obvious, but can you imagine taking a time machine back to the 1800’s, where the process of one successful photo to be developed takes almost 20 years? We certainly have come a long way.