Photography was “invented” in mid-19th century in Europe in a scientific, artistic, cultural, and economic climate ready to support the new industry. In this first essay, you will explore early photography: Niepce, Bayard, Daguerre, and Talbot are credited with making the first photographic images. Who do you think made the most important contribution and why? How did their techniques differ from the others? Find a photograph from this inventor and discuss its importance. Discuss the magnetism of this picture. Is it the technique, the subject matter, or the point of view of the photographer?