Sunday, March 2, 2008

What do you think of this picture?

Too cluttered? not enough detail? or too much photoshopping?

Who cares? Because the grainy picture above is the first known photograph ever taken. Created in June or July 1826 by French photographer pioneer, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce.

The first photograph was taken from the window of Niépce's workroom in his country house at Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, Le Gras. Niépce used a camera obscura with a polished pewter plate coated with bitumen of Judea, a derivative of petroleum. After exposing this film for eight hours, Niépce washed the plate with a mixture of lavender oil and white petroleum to reveal the image by dissolving parts of the bitumen which had not been hardened by the light.

Great job, Niépce!


  1. coba di zoom deh, dim. ada gambar kuntilanak lagi ketawa tuh di deket dinding.

  2. wah nama ini "Joseph Nicéphore Niépce" cukup terngiang gitu dim di kuping gw, mengingat waktu dulu tugas akhir gw bikin museum fotografi....data2ny pasti nyangkut2nya ke dia lagi dan lagi.... dan betapa sederhananya sebuah kamera obskura... ckckck hebat skali memang....

  3. makanya kamu suka gambar yang rada-rada grainy gitu ya dim?