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Urban and Rural Decay Photography by J. Dennis Thomas

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One About Decay Photography

FIGURE 1.1 View from the Window at Le Gras. Long before photography was purportedly invented in 1839, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce created this image (which he termed a heliograph) in 1825

FIGURE 1.1 View from the Window at Le Gras. Long before photography was purportedly invented in 1839, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce created this image (which he termed a heliograph) in 1825

Arguably, decay photography has been around as long as photography itself. The first photograph ever taken by inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1825, “View from the Window at Le Gras” could conceivably also be the first photograph of urban decay. It simply shows a back alley in France. Coincidentally, this photograph is housed in Austin, Texas at the University of Texas and I have actually had the chance to view it in person.

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