View from the Window at Le Gras, the first successful permanent photograph created by Nicéphore Niépce in 1826, Saint-Loup-de-Varennes. Captured on 20 × 25 cm oil-treated bitumen. Due to the 8-hour exposure, the buildings are illuminated by the sun from both right and left.
The first photograph
The first successful picture was produced in June or July 1827 by Joseph Niépce, using material that hardened on exposure to light. This picture required an exposure of eight hours.