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Louis Daguerre
Boulevard du Temple
1938
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Lynn Stern

PHOTO ABSTRACTIONS
by Donald Kuspit

The first photograph was abstract, however inadvertently. It was made by Joseph Niépce in 1826 or 1827. Here is Douwe Draaisma’s description of it: “The exposure time was a full eight hours. In this way an ‘impossible’ image was created: the opposite walls have both caught the sunlight. The afternoon sun erased the morning shadows.”(1)

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