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Hans Holbein the Younger
The Ambassadors
National Gallery, London
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Lynn Stern

by Donald Kuspit

The first photograph was abstract, however inadvertently. It was made by Joseph Ni√©pce 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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