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The first photograph ever is a heliograph made by Nicéphor Niépce in 1825 of a rooftop in France. Its an extremely early example and the oldest surviving object in the history of photography.

Despite my close relationship with this photograph, I have never actually seen it in person – until now.

Come along to Austin Texas and see the earliest surviving photograph in history.

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  1. Do you have any videos about DSLR and video and like short films/commercials and people you like? Any chance you can do a video on like DSLR and like RX100 and G7X like your thoughts on them in general vs DSLR. Maybe you've done this already just subbed thanks.

  2. If you're ever in France, you can visit Niepce's house in Chalon sur Saone and look out the same window 🙂 It's also really cool to see all the instruments & chemicals he used in his studio. That area has been encased in glass to protect visitors from the harmful chemicals, but you can see everything. Really cool 🙂

  3. I recall reading articles in the 60 or 70's that spoke with that accents of awe about the latest development in computer technology that allowed the big room-size computers to actually store and display images on a screen! Think what it must have been like to learn in the early 1800's that someone had pulled an image of the world out of the air and fixed it with sunlight on paper for all too see! Must have seemed like a miracle–which in fact it was (is).

  4. Hey Ted, just wanted to say hello form the other side of the atlantic (UK) great video and such an interesting subject ! I really enjoy your videos and will be doing my 'Variations' assignment in the next couple of days (been a bit hectic last month) . Keep up the good work and i look forward to watching more of your videos 🙂 I have only started shooting in the last 3-4 years and have enjoyed it so much , just recently moved to the Fuji system which i love !!!

  5. Sometimes when I open my safe, I check out my first photographs & negs that I keep in a binder from about 30 years ago. There's definitely something special about that. It's where I began my love of photography with the Votar Flex TLR I got from my dad, and my AE-1. It reminds me of long sessions in the dark room listening to talk radio  & music of the 80's & 90's, the smell of the chemicals and the process in general. I still shoot a few 120 rolls of film a year (6×17 landscapes) but I scan them now on my drum scanner. In a very cerebral way I would love to see the oldest photo in existence, and it's kind of amazing "how new" photography is in the world but I think the emotional connection for me at least is to the photos that I took when I was 6 years old and developed with my dad.

  6. Thanks for the tip on the Erwitt exhibition. Going to spend Christmas and New Year in Austin, so I will definitely try to find time to see the Erwitt images before it closes! 🙂

    Edited: Also…so nice to see images of downtown Austin in that clip…brings back memories, and makes me even more eager to go! 🙂

  7. Just a bit of trivia

    "Antoine Hercule Romuald Florence (1804 – March 27, 1879) was a French-Brazilian painter and inventor, known as the isolate inventor of photography in Brazil, three years before Daguerre (but six years after Nicéphore Niépce), using the matrix negative/positive, still in use. According to Kossoy, who examined Florence's notes,[1] he referred to his process, in French, as photographie in 1834, at least four years before John Herschel coined the English word photography."


  8. Always interesting to see the size of prints, those Erwitt works are what I call normal, domestic size. About 15×20" seems ideal to me. Some of my favourite vintage prints are tiny, 4×3" or less. Small but intense, like visual hand-grenades. The Niépce is tiny and almost invisible. Such magic! There is a fad today for printing out huge over-saturated digital images, crass and bombastic. Rant over. Thanks Ted.

  9. Hi Ted – I'm a photo and video enthusiast armed with a Sony A7s and recently discovered your vlog. Just thought I'd say I am really enjoying your work and I've learnt a lot. You have a knack of presenting in a clear, concise way… looking forward to exploring your channel.

  10. I saw the Niepce photo in 1979 at UT Austin when I drove from San Antonio with one of my photography students.
    It was not housed in a booth like it is now. I recall that the librarian proudly rolled it out on a cart from a back room for our viewing. It was a very moving experience and one of those moments where you feel connected to the history of photography in a visceral way.

  11. Nice one Ted. Even though you said you felt/looked nervous in the old video footage, I think you did fine. When I go back and look at older video footage of myself, I always cringe looking at myself too, but use it for ways to check/ balance and improve for the future. Cheers!

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