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View from the Window at Le Gras by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce (1765 – 1833) is the oldest surviving photograph (circa 1826).

The “window view is considered the oldest photograph that is known to have been formed in the camera in the world.” (

The exposure time was supposedly 8 hours long but studies found that, with Niépce’s technique at that time, the exposure time must have taken at least 8 hours, but rather several days.