It was Joseph Nicéphore Niépce who made the first ever photograph in 1826 but that photograph was only of buildings and natural features. So, which was the first photograph in which a person human being appeared?
Well, the first photograph of a person was taken by Louis Daguerre in 1838. You can see the difference between these two images —the technology of photography developed rapidly and Louis Daguerre’s photograph is much more clearer than the one taken by Niépce.
Daguerre’s took the photograph of a thoroughfare called Boulevard du Temple located in Paris. The exposure time of this iconic photograph was 10 minutes and that is why the traffic on the street did not appear. But the a few persons who were stationary for long enough were captured in the photo. On the bottom-left corner of the photo a man and shoe-shine boy are visible. Two people sitting at a table nearby remained still long enough to have their images captured. This scene was not arranged and the identity of the people appearing in the photo is unknown. This photograph is also one of the earliest Daguerreotypes known.
It is said that the people appearing this image did not know that they were being photographed. It is also said that Louis Daguerre did not know any of the people in this photograph. However, some skeptics believe that Daguerre deliberately placed persons in position and asked them to stay still for 10-15 minutes so that photographic process could complete. Whatever is the case, the truth is that this photograph made the appearing persons immortal. It’s just that we don’t know who they were!
From the first photograph ever taken, we have reached the first ever photograph of a person. Now the next article will be on the first ever color photograph.
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