Photography is such a wonderful medium and of course has been used to document the most amazing things such as Man on the Moon to the most grisly of things such as the concentration camps of the Third Reich.
I am a photographer, only an amateur but the invent of the digital SLR and no processing in shops is great, not only that with software like Photoshop or photofiltre editing is a dream that first photographers such as Nicéphore Niépce could only of dreamt of.
View from the Window at Le Gras or in its native language ‘La cour du domaine du Gras’ was the first successful permanent photograph, created by Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 at Saint-Loup-de-Varennes. A quite incredible image really.
The image above was captured the photo with a camera obscura focused onto a sheet of 20 × 25 cm oil-treated bitumen.
It took an amazing 8-hour exposure to capture the image which is why the sunlight is captured on both sides of the building. Oddly the Royal Society saw little future in the process!
Thankfully though the rest of the world did and the Victorian world is documented (to a point).
A book that documented the tail end of The Victorian era is by the English Heritage:
More than 500 spectacular unseen photographs of London, taken between 1875 and 1945, from the Archives of English Heritage. This unique archive shows Elizabethan, Georgian and Victorian London before the major 20th century redevelopment. authoritative text by Philip Davies from English Heritage.
Publisher: Transatlantic Press (1 Sep 2009)
Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 25 x 4 cm
You can pick this up on Amazon for about £15 – £20 and I would highly recommend it.