The world's first camera, a sliding
wooden box, along with over 20 cameras of early times is on display, May
22, 2009.(Photo: people.com.cn)
MACAO, May 22 (Xinhua) -- Entitled "The Invention of
Photography and the Earliest Photographs of Macao, China", an exhibition
showcasing old photos and cameras, including the world's first camera, was
opened Friday at the Macao Museum.
The exhibition, which will last till August 23, was
co- organized by the Macao Museum and the Nicephore Niepce Museum in France. A
total of 250 photography antiques and 180 old photos, which were collections
lent by the Nicephore Niepce Museum and 12 other museums, cultural institutions
and private collectors in France, the UK, the U.S. and Macao, according to the
Cultural Institute of the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR), which runs
the Macao Museum.
The world's first camera, a sliding wooden box, along
with over 20 cameras of early times were borrowed from the Nicephore Niepce
Museum. As for photos, some of Macao's earliest photos, such as "A- Ma Temple,
Macao" ,"Praia Grande", and other landscape shootings on daguerreotype, were on
display in the exhibition.
It was until 1827 did Frenchman Joseph Nicphore Nipce
successfully fixed image on a metal plate for the first time in human history,
making himself the "father of photography". Photography was later introduced to
China from France via Macao, as the earliest photos of China presently found
were taken in Macao in 1844 by Jules Itier from France, according to the
information from the organizer of the exhibition.