Inauguration of the Plaque “Maisons des Illustres”

In July 2013, the Nicéphore Niépce House Museum — founded and exclusively financed by the Speos International Photography School since 1999 — was nominated “Maisons des illustres” by the French Ministry of Culture in the presence of high-ranked French government representatives. Thus, the place where the world’s first photo was taken has finally received national […]

17 July 2013|Events, Partnerships|

Discover Burgundy via the “Route de la photo”

Initiated by the museum Maison Nicéphore Niépce, with the collaboration of Jean-Louis Bruley, Manuel Bonnet and the mairie de Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, the “Route de la Photo” — a series of photo spots — invites you to discover Burgundy following the footsteps of Nicéphore Niépce, the inventor of photography. To take a picture of the place linked […]

21 June 2011|Discovery, Events|

The inhabitants of Saint-Loup-de-Varennes are mobilizing

On the occasion of Pentecost 2008 and 2009, the inhabitants of Saint-Loup-de-Varennes gathered, imitating the form of a camera (Niépce’s box). They had their photo taken individually by Niloufar Banisadr, and collectively by Pierre-Yves Mahé, from a helicopter.

With the support of Saint-Loup-de-Varennes’ rural club:





14 June 2009|Events|

The world’s oldest Photographic Studio and Lab

The Photographic Studio and Lab of Fortuné Joseph Petiot-Groffier (1788-1855)
This lab is the oldest existing we know of at present (thanks to the receipts, the chemicals can be dated back as far as 1840-41).

From photography pioneers such as Niépce, Daguerre, Talbot or Bayard, no entire lab has been preserved, but individual ancient large format cameras […]

Reconstruction of “La table servie”

Every year, the National Heritage Days are the occasion for the Niépce House to present new reasearch and findings, which then are put on show in the house permanently.

La table servie de Nicéphore Niépce

Since J.L. Marignier’s research published in 1999, one knows that the image of the “Table Servie” – whose origins were uncertain – […]

Publication of the book “Niépce, Correspondance et papiers”

The Niépce’s House proudly presents the book Niépce, Correspondance et papiers, by Manuel Bonnet and Jean-Louis Marignier, a set of the most important documents ever collected on Niépce.

Mainly written to relatives and close friends, these letters are better than a lab notebook, as they reveal the inventor’s privacy — his failures, mistakes, doubts — […]

05 December 2003|Events, Publications|