Nicephore Niepce, French inventor

Nicephore Niepce, French inventor

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Caption: Nicephore Niepce (1765-1833), one of the French inventors of photography. Niepce developed a process he called heliography in the 1820s. He later worked on other photographic techniques with Louis Daguerre. This bronze statue was erected in Niepce's birthplace of Chalon-sur-Saone, France, and unveiled on 21 June 1885. It was cast to a design by the French sculptor Jean-Baptiste Claude Eugene Guillaume. Niepce is holding a photographic plate in his left hand, with an early camera at lower right. Artwork from the seventh volume (first period of 1891) of the French popular science weekly 'La Science Illustree'.

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