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View from the Window at Le Gras is the oldest surviving camera photograph. Created by Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 or 1827 at Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, it shows parts of the buildings and surrounding countryside of his estate, Le Gras, seen from a high window, made using a camera obscura. It was the result of an 8-hour exposure.
An inverted photograph from F. W. Dyson, A. S. Eddington, and C. Davidson, "A Determination of the Deflection of Light by the Sun's Gravitational Field, from Observations Made at the Total Eclipse of May 29, 1919", Phil. Trans. of the Royal Society of London (1920), p 332.
Portrait of Nahui Olin by Edward Weston, 1924.
Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, Mar 1936. Gelatin silver print. LOC. LOC (series). MoMA. MoMA (version). Met. SI. Artic. Getty. DIA. SFMOMA. SLAM. MiA. Brooklyn M. Tate.


Selected publications[edit]

William Henry Fox Talbot, The Pencil of Nature, 1844, PDF. First photographic book, with 24 calotypes.
Eadweard Muybridge, Animal Locomotion, 11 vols., 1887, JPGs.
László Moholy-Nagy, Malerei, Fotografie, Film, 1925/27, Log.
Franz Roh, Jan Tschichold (eds.), Foto-Auge, 1929, Log.
Werner Gräff, Es kommt der neue Fotograf!, 1929.
László Moholy-Nagy, Von Material zu Architektur, 1929, Log.
Photography 1839–1937, MoMA, 1937, PDF.
Gyorgy Kepes, Language of Vision: Painting, Photography, Advertising-Design, 1944/69, Log.


  • Eadweard Muybridge, Animal Locomotion, 11 vols., Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1887, 781 plates. (English)

Avant-garde, Modernism[edit]

  • László Moholy-Nagy, Malerei, Fotografie, Film, Munich: Albert Langen (Bauhausbücher 8), 1925, 115 pp; 2nd ed., 1927, 140 pp. Incl. "Dynamik der Gross-Stadt", pp 116-129. (German)
  • Germaine Krull, Métal, intro. Florent Fels, Paris: Librairie des Arts Décoratifs, 1928, [64] pp; new ed., Cologne: Ann und Jürgen Wilde, 2003. Photo book. (French)
  • Albert Renger-Patzsch, Die Welt ist schön. Einhundert photographische Aufnahmen, Munich: Kurt Wolff, 1928; other ed., Munich: Einhorn, 1928. Photo book. [1] Reception.
  • August Sander, Alfred Döblin, Antlitz der Zeit. Sechzig Aufnahmen Deutscher Menschen Des 20. Jahrhunderts, Munich: Transmare, 1929. Photo book. [2] [3]
  • Gustaf Stotz, et al., Internationale Ausstellung des Deutschen Werkbunds Film und Foto, Stuttgart: Deutscher Werkbund, 1929. (German)
  • Franz Roh, Jan Tschichold (eds.), Foto-Auge: 76 Fotos der Zeit / Œil et photo: 76 photographies de notre temps / Photo-Eye: 76 Photos of the Period, Stuttgart: Wedekind, 1929, 18+[76] pp; repr., Tübingen: Ernst Wasmuth, 1973. Published in conjunction with the Film und Foto exhibition. (German)/(French)/(English)
  • Werner Gräff, Es kommt der neue Fotograf!, Berlin: H. Reckendorf, 1929. Published in conjunction with the Film und Foto exhibition. [4] (German)
  • Hans Richter, Werner Gräff. Filmgegner von Heute—Filmfreunde von Morgen, Berlin: Hermann Reckendorf, 1929. Published in conjunction with the Film und Foto exhibition. (German)
  • László Moholy-Nagy, Von Material zur Architektur, Munich: Albert Langen (Bauhausbücher 14), 1929, 241 pp; facsimile repr., Mainz and Berlin: Florian Kupferberg, 1968, 251 pp. (German)
  • Aenne Biermann: 60 Fotos, ed. & intro. Franz Roh, Berlin: Klinkhardt & Biermann, 1930. (German)
  • Gyorgy Kepes, Language of Vision: Painting, Photography, Advertising-Design, intro. Siegfried Giedion and Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa, Chicago: Paul Theobald, 1944; rev.ed., Chicago: Paul Theobald, 1964. (English)
  • Jindřich Heisler, Jindřich Štyrský, Na jehlách techto dní, Prague: Fr. Borový, 1945. (Czech)


  • Josef Maria Eder, Geschichte der Photographie, vol. 1 & vol. 2, 4th ed., Halle (Saale): Wilhelm Knapp, 1932. (German)
  • Lucia Moholy, A Hundred Years of Photography, 1839-1939, Middlesex: Harmondsworth, 1939. (English)
  • Helmut Gernsheim with Alison Gernsheim, L.J.M. Daguerre: The History of the Diorama and the Daguerreotype, New York: Dover, 1968. (English)
  • Dawn Ades, Photomontage, London: Thames & Hudson, 1976. (English)
  • John H. Hammond, The Camera Obscura: A Chronicle, Bristol: Adam Hilger, 1981. (English)
  • Ian Jeffrey, Photography: A Concise History, New York: Thames and Hudson, 1981. (English)
  • Jean-Luc Daval, Histoire d'un art: la photographie, Genève: Skira, 1982, 268 pp. Review. (French)
    • Photography: History of an Art, trans. R.F.M. Dexter, New York: Skira/Rizzoli, 1982. (English)
  • Mike Weaver, Daniel Wolf, The Art of Photography, 1839-1989, Yale University Press, 1989. (English)
  • Richard Bolton (ed.), Contest of Meaning: Critical Histories of Photography, MIT Press, 1989, 432 pp. [6] (English)
  • Pierre-Jean Amar, La photographie: histoire d'un art, Paris: Edisud, 1993. (French)
  • Eva Weber, Pioneers of Photography, New York: Smithmark, 1995. (English)
  • Jeff Wall, "Marks of Indifference: Aspects of Photography in, or as, Conceptual Art", in Reconsidering the Object of Art, eds. Ann Goldstein and Anne Rorimer, Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, 1995, pp 247-267; repr. in The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography, 1960-1982, Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 2003, 32-44.
  • Heinz K. Henisch, Bridget A. Henisch, The Painted Photograph, 1839-1914: Origins, Techniques, Aspirations, Pennsylvania State University, 1996. (English)
  • Pierre-Jean Amar, Histoire de la photographie, Paris: PUF, 1997. (French)
  • Michel Frizot (ed.), A New History of Photography, Cologne: Könemann, 1998. (English)
  • Quentin Bajac, Tableaux vivants. Fantaisies photographiques victoriennes, 1840-1880, Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 1999. Catalogue. (French)
  • Pierre-Jean Amar, Le photojournalisme, Paris: Nathan-Université, 2000. (French)
  • Quentin Bajac, L'Image révélée: l'invention de la photographie, Paris: Gallimard, 2001, 160 pp. [7] (French)
  • Michael Gray, Arthur Ollman, Carol McCusker, First Photographs: William Henry Fox Talbot and the Birth of Photography, New York: powerHouse Books, 2002. (English)
  • Mary Warner Marien, Photography: A Cultural History, Upper River Saddle, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2002. (English)
  • Martin Parr, Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, 2 vols., London/New York: Phaidon, 2004 & 2006. (English)
  • Quentin Bajac, La photographie: l'époque moderne 1880-1960, Paris: Gallimard, 2005. (French)
  • William Johnson, Mark Rice, Carla Williams, Therese Mulligan, David Wooters, A History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present, Cologne/London: Taschen, 2005. (English)
  • P.C. Bunnell, Inside the Photograph: Writings on Twentieth-Century Photography, Aperture, 2006. [8] (English)
  • Ute Eskildsen, Florian Ebner and Bettina Kaufmann, Street & Studio: An Urban History of Photography, London: Tate, and New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2008. (English)
  • Dominique de Font-Reaulx, The Daguerreotype, Paris: Musee d'Orsay, 2008. Catalogue. (English)
  • Daniel Girardin, Christian Pirker, Yaniv Benhamou, Controversies: A Legal and Ethical History of Photography, Arles: Actes Sud, and Lausanne: Musée de l'Élysée, 2012. (English)

Collection-based histories[edit]

  • Quentin Bajac, Clément Chéroux, Collection Photographs: A History of Photography Through the Collections of the Centre Pompidou, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Göttingen: Steidl / Paris: Centre Pompidou, 2007. Catalogue. (English)/(French)
  • Françoise Heilbrun, A History of Photography: The Musée d'Orsay Collection, 1839-1925, Paris: Flammarion, 2009. (French)/(English)
  • On ne se sou­vient que des pho­to­gra­phies, Paris: Bétonsalon, 2013, [148] pp. [11] (French)

Regional and national histories[edit]

Theory and philosophy[edit]

  • Pierre Bourdieu, Un art moyen. Essais sur les usages sociaux de la photographie, 1965. (French)
La chambre claire: note sur la photographie, 1980, PDF, Log.
  • October 5: "Photography: A Special Issue", New York: MIT Press, Summer 1978, 125 pp. With essays by Nadar, Rosalind Krauss, Hollis Frampton, Hubert Damisch, Craig Owens, Douglas Crimp, Jean Clair, and Thierry de Duve. (English)
  • François Laruelle, The Concept of Non-Photography, Urbanomic/Sequence Press, 2011. (English)
  • Shawn Michelle Smith, At the Edge of Sight: Photography and the Unseen, Duke University Press, 2013, 312 pp. (English)
  • John Berger, Understanding a Photograph, ed. & intro. Geoff Dyer, Aperture, 2013, 256 pp. Previously uncollected writings on photography. (English)
  • Cecilia Grönberg, Händelsehorisont || Event Horizon. Distribuerad fotografi, Stockholm: OEI, 2016, 1012 pp. Introduction. Dissertation from Valand Academy. [14] (Swedish)


  • Pierre Bonhomme, La Photographie à la croisée des chemins, Paris: de la Manufacture, 1990. (French)
  • George M. Craven, Object and Image, An Introduction to Photography New Jersey: Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, 1990. (English)
  • Carol Armstrong, Scenes in a Library: Reading the Photograph in the Book, 1843–1875, Cambridge: MIT Press, 1998. (English)
  • Words Without Pictures, ed. Alex Klein, Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), 2009, 501 pp, IA. (English)
  • Pierre Bonhomme, L'art de la mer: anthologie de la photographie maritime depuis 1843, Arthaud, 2009. (French)
  • Mark Durden, Fifty Key Writers on Photography, London: Routledge, 2013, ARG. (English)

Exhibitions online[edit]