Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris by Louis Daguerre (1838)

When Louis Daguerre created the photographic process that bears his name (daguerreotype), he proudly proclaimed, “I have seized the light. I have arrested its flight.”

This image from 1838 by Daguerre is an example of just that: light frozen in time, a moment seized from history. It is the first known photograph of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.


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