I visit the Harry Ransome Center @ the University of Texas, Austin now and then, it’s one of my favorites, but then they own all the best stuff.

Here’s a page devoted to the ‘first photograph’ [yes virginia there is such a thing.] Joseph Nicéphore Niépce: View from the Window at Le Gras. ca 1826. A pewter plate heliograph must be viewed under controlled conditions in a darkened environment free of other incidental light sources in order for its image to be visible. The image at left is from a 1952 reproduction.

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