Unlocking Photographs

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Unlocking Photographs

by Ellen Garrison
Southern Cultures, Vol. 1, No. 1: Fall 1994

"Few know his name."

In 1450 Johannes Gutenberg revolutionized the transmission of information, and schoolchildren still honor him as the inventor of the printing press. Nearly four hundred years later, Nic├ęphore Niepce touched off a similar revolution when he placed a camera in his attic window and created an image of his courtyard. Few know his name.