It may not look like much at first, but this shot of some rooftops is the world's oldest photograph.

oldestphotoreproduced A reproduction of how the original would have looked


View From The Window At Le Gras was taken in 1826 by by photography pioneer Nicéphore Niépce at his estate in France.

It has just gone on display at the Reiss-Engelhorn museumin Mannheim, Germany as the pride of their new show The Birth Of Photography.

oldestphotograph How it looks today


The shot is believed to have been taken using a camera obscura and was the result of washing dried bitumen with lavender oil after an eight-hour exposure period.

View From The Window At Le Gras is on loan from The University Of Texas who allowed 'The First Photograph' to travel to Europe for the first time in 50 years.

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