Thought I would post some photographs that are considered 'firsts' in their respective fields. I was reading a BBC article regarding old photos and
it inspired me to have a look around at various photographic firsts and the early photographic beginnings. I found them fascinating so thought I would
share in case others did too.
Also, thought I would throw in a conspiracy related photo at the end, which I find a little odd.
1) The first ever photo, which has only recently been discovered. It's a shame the person decided to take a picture of a carving as it doesn't look
like a photo IMO, but it is, 1825
This photograph was only discovered in 2002 and is now known to be the very first permanent photograph ever taken by Nicéphore Niépce – the
father of photography. It is an image of an engraving of a man walking a horse and it was made using a technique known as heliogravure.
2) The second photo ever taken, in France through a window, 1826
Incredibly, this same year Beethoven was still writing music, the Inquisition held the last public procession of penitent heretics (auto de fe)
in Spain, and America’s second president, John Adams, died. Like the first photograph ever taken, this was taken by Nicéphore Niépce and it is the
first photograph of a real scene (the first photograph was of a painting). It was taken with a camera obscura (an ancient optical device used for
entertainment and drawing) and took eight hours to expose – hence the sunlight falling on both sides of the building. The photograph is called
“View from the Window at Le Gras”. This is included not just because it was the first photo of a real scene, but also because it was believed to
be the very first photo ever until 2002 when an earlier photograph was found.
3) The first ever photo of human beings, there were other people in the streets but because of the long exposure time only things that were stationary
for 10-15 mins appeared, obviously the shoe shine guys were standing still for a while, 1838
This is the first photograph ever taken that captures the image of a man. The man is not clear and is slightly blurred (no doubt due to the
long exposure required). The man can be seen in the foreground – fortunately he stood still long enough (getting his shoes polished) for the 10
minute exposure to include him. The image was taken by Louis Daguerre who invented the Daguerreotype – one of the earliest methods of
4) The first ever self-portrait, 1839
In 1839, a year after the first photo containing a human being was made, photography pioneer Robert Cornelius made the first ever portrait of a
5) The first ever picture of a human subject, 1840
This is the very first photograph that intentionally has a human as its main subject.
6) This picture is of a person born in 1746, Hannah Gorby. That blew my mind , a photograph of a person born in 1746 Wow -
7) The first ever colour photo, a tartan ribbon, 1861
This is a photograph of a tartan ribbon. It was taken by James Clerk Maxwell by photographing the ribbon three times – each time with a
different color filter over the lens. The three images were then developed and projected onto a screen with three projectors using the same color
filters as the initial cameras.
8) The first ever digital photo, Baby Walden, 1957
Russell Kirsch was a computer pioneer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the USA when he developed the system by which a
camera could be fed into a computer. The photo is of Kirsch’s three month old son Walden and it measured a mere 176×176 pixels. Baby Walden now
works in communications for Intel.
And now for the conspiracy related photo, I was wondering if anyone else knew who this was? (I know but I'm not sure if he is famous to others) -