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PDNB Gallery Exhibits the Most Important Photograph Ever Made

The Most Important Photograph Ever Made
Photographs: Do Not Bend Gallery
August 9 through August 30, 2014

PDNB Gallery’s latest exhibition, The Most Important Photograph Ever Made, includes the earliest surviving photograph since Nicéphore Niépce first created photography. This is a rare opportunity to see a print of this historic magnitude outside the permanent collection of the University of Texas, Austin. The exhibition opens with a reception on Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m.

News Release

View from the Window at Le Gras is the earliest surviving photograph produced by the father of photography, Nicéphore Niépce. circa 1826. This historic jewel is now in the permanent collection of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin. Because of the light sensitive nature of the print, it is presented in a custom made darkly lit booth, to be viewed by a single person at a time.

PDNB Gallery will exhibit what we believe is the most important photograph made since the famous Niépce photograph. The significance of this photograph cannot be measured or valued. Over 150 years have passed since the invention, and there has been no other photographic print produced that is as important.

This photograph was found several years ago by PDNB Gallery Director, Burt Finger. Since he discovered the print, PDNB gallery has been investigating at length, traveling all over the world to museums and private collections to pinpoint the relevant historic value in the history of photography. Through painstaking research PDNB Gallery has found that there is no other photograph that exists of its kind.

Recently Mr. Finger was offered $1,000,000 for the photograph but did not accept the offer. He stated, “It is not for sale, the photograph is priceless!”

Because this photograph is rare and cannot be presented in normal gallery lighting, the work of art will be presented inside a curtained area.

PDNB Gallery

Photographs: Do Not Bend Gallery is located at 1202 Dragon Street, Dallas, Texas in the Dallas Design District. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. duing the summer. PDNB Gallery will be closed August 10-18, 2012. For more information visit


Dallas Art News originally stated that Nicéphore Niépce’s photograph View from the Window at Le Gras would be on display at PDNB Gallery. This is not the case and we apologize for the confusion. The gallery has clarified they will be exhibiting a photograph nearly as old as Niépce’s first image.

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