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The first ever photo, showing a rooftop view, by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce

The First Photo: Nicéphore Niépce’s ‘View from the Window at Le Gras’

It has been over half a century since Swiss photo historian Helmut Gernsheim donated the world’s earliest permanent photograph* to the University of Texas for public display in 1963. This article is a look at the story behind Nicéphore Niépce's View from the Window at Le Gras, the world's oldest known photographer captured with a camera.