matthias kretschmann

designer & developer

Niépce's Camera Obscura

In 2008 I used the camera obscura as it was used by Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 to create an Aperture and iPhoto replacement icon.

Nicéphore Niépce made it first possible to preserve an image taken with a camera obscura in 1826 or 1827 by using a special mixture of bitumen on a glass or metal plate, naming it Heliography. This first preserved image 'View from the Window at Le Gras' is the one you can see in the iPhoto icon.

Showcase image no. 1 for Niépce's Camera Obscura
Showcase image no. 2 for Niépce's Camera Obscura

Tools & Technologies The tech stack I was involved with.

  • Photoshop