The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin and the GCI are organizing an international symposium on research related to View from the Window at Le Gras (1826)—the world's first photograph—and the work of its creator, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, to be held at the Ransom Center, November 20-23, 2003.

The symposium—"At First Light: Niépce and the Dawn of Photography"—will include presentations of unpublished results from the first in-depth scientific examination of the first photo (see Conservation, vol. 17, no. 2). A number of new research initiatives and ongoing research projects related to the photograph will also be considered. In addition, there will be discussions of the latest historical and art historical research focused on the beginnings of photography.

For further information or to register for the symposium, please visit the At First Light Web site at, or contact the Harry Ransom Center.

At First Light Symposium
Harry Ransom Center
The University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Box 7219
Austin, TX 78713-7219 U.S.A.
Tel 512-471-9124
Fax 512-232-2152