Louis Daguerre: Google Doodle photography innovator’s earliest surviving image – mirror.co.uk

Louis Jacques Daguerre's first surviving daguerreotype image, of a collection of plaster casts on a window ledge (Pic: Getty)

Louis Jacques Daguerre’s first surviving daguerreotype image, of a collection of plaster casts on a window ledge (Pic: Getty)

Louis Daguerre, whose 224th birthday is celebrated today with a Google Doodle, was the inventor of the first commercially successful form of photography.

The French physicist devised the daguerreotype, the process for transferring photographs onto silver-coated copper plates – although according to writer Robert Leggat, his discovery was made by accident.

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