Frenchman, Louis Daguerre is widely recognised as being the pioneer of photography. However, Daguerre was only continuing the work of a colleague named Niepce. In 1833 Niepce died whilst on the verge of perfecting his invention. However, Niepce had based his work on the experiments of Brit Thomas Wedgewood - son of the famous potter Josiah. He used silver nitrate and made images of insect wings and leaves on pieces of sensitised leather. His friend Humphrey Davey was doing similar work and they published their findings in 1802 - 36 years before Daguerre.
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