Born 1765, French inventor Nicéphore Niépce was fascinated by lithography but unskilled at drawing. He sought a way to collect images from nature. In 1826-27, he captured the view from his workroom window using light-sensitive chemicals on a piece of metal. This was the first permanent photograph. Niépce kept his process a secret until 1829, when he partnered with Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre.
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