Photography was born on this date 175 years ago when the French Academy of Sciences announced that the French artist and chemist Louis Jacques-Mandé Daguerre had perfected a process of visually recording objects through a photo-chemical process called the daguerreotype. In the early 1830's Daguerre along with Joseph Niépce experimented and developed the process in collaboration. After Niépce’s death Daguerre perfected the process and is credited with the invention of photography. Daguerre traded his rights to the process over to the French government in exchange for a lifetime pension. On August 19, 1839 the government presented the daguerreotype process "free to the world" as a gift. Below is a you tube video detailing the daguerreotype process.
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