Nicéphore Niépce receives the Honours of the Institut de France

Nicéphore Niépce receives the Honours of the Institut de France

In 2008, the Academician Lucien Clergue invites Jean-Louis Marignier, researcher at the CNRS, at the Academy of Fine Arts to report on ten years of research and restoration at the Maison Niépce. Le Journal de Saône-et-Loire Thursday, June 26th 2008 Yesterday, Jean-Louis Marignier, researcher at the CNRS and scientific consultant at the Maison Niépce at Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, presented a conference on the “origins of photography, Nicéphore Niépce” at the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris, thus rehabilitating the real inventor of photography. During the summer of 1839, responding to the invitation of Arago (a French scientist and politician), Daguerre presented his...

The world’s oldest Photographic Studio and Lab

The world’s oldest Photographic Studio and Lab

The Photographic Studio and Lab of Fortuné Joseph Petiot-Groffier (1788-1855) This lab is the oldest existing we know of at present (thanks to the receipts, the chemicals can be dated back as far as 1840-41). From photography pioneers such as Niépce, Daguerre, Talbot or Bayard, no entire lab has been preserved, but individual ancient large format cameras and sometimes wooden shooting accessories (whole or in parts). These served as a means for the photographic production (the shooting proper) and cannot be seen as pertaining to the lab-work in the darkroom. In Petiot-Groffier’s lab, we are able to rediscover all the...