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Pioneers of Photography – First For Prints Investigates

Louis Daguerre  devised the daguerreotype, the first successful form of   permanent photography. The French physicist developed the process for   transferring photographs onto silver-coated copper plates. His discovery was   made by an accident, according to the writer Robert Leggat, who said   Daguerre put an exposed plate in a chemical cupboard in 1835 only to later   find it have developed a latent image. The daguerreotype process was   unveiled at the French Academy of Sciences in Paris in 1839. It became the   first commercially successful was of getting permanent images from a camera.

Louis Jacques Daguerre’s first surviving daguerreotype image, of a   collection of plaster casts on a window ledge, which he produced on a silver   plate, in 1837





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