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)...
In Petiot-Groffier’s lab, we are able to rediscover all the chemical products and utensils used in the darkroom to prepare the photographic plates and to develop the images taken: 450 flasks, 500 books, ancient large format cameras, accessories (to take, prepare and develop the images), empty plates, as well as negatifs and prints by Petiot-Groffier himself. An exceptional ensemble which allows us for the first time ever to enter a darkroom of one of history’s first photographers... more
Friday, June 08, 2007
World's oldest darkroom: Update
I just saw that the Niépce House Museum has posted some information on the Joseph Fortuné Petiot-Groffier darkroom.
It's bilingual English and French (scroll down for the Anglais).
Posted by tim atherton at 9:09 am