On the occasion of the 180th anniversary of the invention of photography in France, we invite you to go back in time by deciphering the photos and techniques that have shaped it.

The first photograph of history

You are contemplating the first photograph in history! Or, to be more precise, the first known heliography to date. Taken by Nicéphore Niépce in 1827, this image is considered to be the « big bang » of photography.

Discover how Niepce succeeded in this stroke of genius.

Nicephore Niepce, Point de vue du Gras,1826-27, Chalon-sur-Saône.
© Bibilothèque nationale de France


History of Photography


From Greek Antiquity to nowadays, discover in this section the fascinating history of photography, a very recent medium originating from the echnological developments of the end of the 19th century, that had to go through many steps before being accepted as a Fine Arts practice...