9 First Photographs From The Past

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The world we live today has become a complex web of Pictures. Every single day millions of selfies, candids, and photoshoots pictures go viral and viewed by millions of other people sitting thousands of miles away from each other. The significance of photos in our day to day life has become so immense that it has become impossible to imagine our world without photographs. Let us explore the realm of photographs before they became a trend…

 

#9 FIRST EVER PHOTOGRAPH ON A CAMERA

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The earliest camera photo that has survived, that introduced us to the world of photography, was taken back in 1826 or 1827. It is also referred to as ‘View from the Window at Le Gras. The credit goes to Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. He captured a view from upstair’s window of his estate in Burgundy region of France. Due to the 8-hour exposure, the buildings are illuminated by the sun from both rights and left.

 

#8 FIRST PHOTOGRAPH CAPTURED WITH A HUMAN IN THE FRAME

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The iconic picture taken by Louis Daguerre of the  Boulevard du Tempel, Paris in 1838 is given credit to be the first photo ever to capture a human. Louis is considered the inventor of the daguerreotype process of photography. If you take a closer look then on the right side of the road you can find a man getting his shoes shined on the pavement.

 

#7 FIRST EVER SELF-PORTRAIT

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The word selfie was introduced as word of the year by Oxford dictionary in the year 2013. It was described as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” However, the credit of first self-portrait photograph goes back to the photography enthusiast from Philadelphia named Robert Cornelius in the year 1839.

 

#6 FIRST PHOTOGRAPH OF THE MOON

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With the varying shapes and glowing surface, Moon has been one of the most captivating celestial body. The first person to capture its essence within a photograph was John William Draper, an American Scientist, philosopher, physician, and photographer. The image was taken from his rooftop observatory back in 1840. It could be considered a masterpiece considering it was produced a handmade telescope attached to a wooden box with a plate coated with volatile chemicals stuck on the back.

 

#5 FIRST HOAX PHOTOGRAPH

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The photo illustrates the image of a drowned man. The man was in reality, not dead. He just portraited himself as a drowned man. Why? It was because of the injustice that had been served to him. The man was Hippolyte Bayard, the Tesla of the photography world with Louis Daguerre being the Edison. These two pioneers had huge conflicts with each other and they both fought for the title of “Father of Photography”.

 

#4 FIRST U.S. PRESIDENT TO GET PHOTOGRAPHED

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Although photography had been introduced back in 1817, it took quite some time for the president of the US to get acknowledged by the photographs. The president John Quincy Adams in 1843 was the first ever president to leave a trace on the printed paper.However, it was not during his tenure of the presidency. He had left the office in the year 1829.

 

#3 FIRST COLOURED PHOTOGRAPH

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An epitome of the photography world, the photo which revolutionized the path to the world of photos was introduced to us by the renowned mathematical physicist, James Clerk Maxwell at a lecture in 1861. It was of a three-color bow, mostly described by a tartan ribbon. The shutter button was, however, clicked by the inventor of SLR, Thomas Sutton. But the credit goes to Maxwell for inventing the process that made it possible.

 

#2 FIRST PHOTOGRAPH CAPTURING LIGHTNING 

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Lightning had always been an object of keen interest among photographers. The continuous and arduous wait of hours and hours, with infinite numbers of clicks just to get a perfect snap of lightning striking the ground had never been so easy. The William Jennings takes credit for capturing the lightning for the first time ever in1882. He used his findings to depict the complexity of lightning, that there is more to lightning that mere sudden flash of light.

 

#1 FIRST PHOTOGRAPH WITH AN AERIAL VIEW

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Nowadays drones had made it significantly easy to capture an aerial view. The serene view from the mountains and skyscrapers could easily be captured with the help of a drone without actually climbing up to those places. It was not so painless back in the 60s. It took a photographer a hot air balloon ride to actually capture an aerial view. The photograph reflects the town of Boston from a distance of about 2000 feet from land. The photographer James Wallace Black titled his work ”Boston, as the Eagle and Wild Goose See It”.

 

Without these paragon of images, it would have been difficult to see such a huge advancement in the field of photography. These clicks laid the foundation and gave the motivation to go further and further to achieve excellence. The results are in front of you. Today, you can simply take out your phones and capture memories you want to cherish for a lifetime.

 

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