Collapsing Fields

Collapsing Fields

Barely a dozen years separate View from the Window at Le Gras, the first stable and permanent image in the entire history of photography made by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce using his heliography process – taken at the summer solstice in 1827 in his house at Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, near Châlon-sur-Sâone, in Burgundy – and François Arago’s announcement on January 7th 1839 at the Académie des Sciences in Paris that the process developed by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre following on from the work of Niépce - the daguerreotype – marked the invention of photography. And yet this short period was one of fascinations, fears and controversies that have marked the history of the medium and which continue to do so today.

Collapsing Fields

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