[ hindesight ]
Time Still on the Glass
- Kozjek, Ajda
Janez Puhar, the inventor of photography on glass, was born in Kranj in 1814. Despite his talent for natural sciences and art he became a priest at his mother’s request. He got acquainted with daguerreotype probably as early as 1839, when the French Academy of Science announced it and started experimenting with material that was more accessible to him. In 1842 he invented an original photographic process on glass and published an article about his invention. Nevertheless, the French Academy of Sciences, five years after Puhar’s invention, awarded the invention of photography on glass to Abel Niépce de Saint - Victor. Janez Puhar has sought a way to protect the precedence of his own invention for several years. In 1852 it was the French Académie Nationale Agricole et commerciale manufacturière which awarded him the diploma and the title of the Inventor of photography on glass. To this date, five of his original photos on glass are preserved. Puhar’s process of photography on glass is called puharotype in his honor.
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