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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

First photo ever taken of a Human Being


The Daily Mail had an interesting article today about Robert Cornelius, the man who made the first ever portrait of a human being in 1839.

On a sunny day in October, Robert Cornelius set up his camera in the back of his father’s gas lamp-importing business on Chestnut Street in Center City, Philadelphia. After removing the lens cap, he sprinted into the frame, where he sat for more than a minute before covering up the lens. The picture he produced that day was the first photographic self-portrait. It is also widely considered the first successful photographic portrait of a human being.

The words written on the back of the self-portrait, in Cornelius’ own hand, said it all: “The first light Picture ever taken. 1839.”

http://www.petapixel.com/2011/07/19/the-first-self-portrait-photo-ever-made/