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World’s First Photograph Comes To Croatia

The first successful permanent photograph from nature, created by Nicephore Niepce in 1826 at Saint-Loup-de-Varennes in France has arrived in Croatia where it will be exhibited as part of the “100 x France – French photography from the beginning till now” exhibition in the capital Zagreb.

“View from the Window at Le Gras” captures the roof and surrounding countryside of his estate, Le Gras, as seen from an upstairs window. Niepce created the photo with a camera obscura focused onto a 20 cm × 25 cm (7.9 in × 9.8 in) pewter plate coated with a mixture similar to asphalt. In 2003 Life magazine listed it among “100 Photographs that Changed the World”.

The exhibition will be open at the Modern Gallery in Zagreb until the end of March.

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