The history of photography

Photography…  the medium of endless possibilities since it was invented in the early 1800s. It has truly come along way, so to we thought it’d be nice to take you back to its humble beginnings:

1. The First Photograph

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The world’s first ever photograph made in a camera was taken in 1826 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. Taken from the upstair’s windows of his estate in the Burgundy region of France. This image was captured via a process known as heliography, which used Bitumen of Judea coated onto a piece of glass or metal; the Bitumen than hardened in proportion to the amount of light that hit it.

2. The First Color Photograph

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The first colour photograph was taken by the mathematical physicist, James Clerk Maxwell. Presented at a lecture in 1861, it is considered to be the worlds first durable colour photograph.  And guess what? The inventor of the SLR, Thomas Sutton, was actually the man who pressed the shutter button! Still, Maxwell is credited with the scientific process that made it all possible. What is it you’re looking at? A three-coloured bow, of course.


3. The First Digital Photograph

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Taken all the way back in 1957 – incredibly that is almost 20 years before Kodak’s engineers actually invented the first digital camera! The image is a digital scan of a shot initially taken on film. It shows Russell Kirsch’s son and has a resolution of 176×176 – a square photograph worthy of any Instagram profile.

4. The First Photograph of a Person

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The first ever photograph of a human is the above snapshot, captured by Louis Daguerre. The exposure lasted around seven minutes and all he wanted was to capture the Boulevard du Temple in Paris. Due to the long exposure time, many individuals who walked the street where obviously not in place long enough to make an impression. However, look closer and you’ll find a man standing and getting his shoe’s polished in the lower left of the photograph. Detailed analysis of the picture actually found a few other figures – can you find them?

5. The First Self Portrait

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Before ‘selfies’ were all the rage, Robert Cornelius set up a camera and took the world’s first self-portrait in the back of a business on Chestnut Street in Center City, Philadelphia. Cornelius sat in front of the lens for a little over a minute, before leaving the seat and covering the lens. The now iconic photograph was captured 185 years ago in 1839…