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1838: The first photograph of a human being  This picture, the earliest known photograph to include a recognizable human form, was taken in Paris, France, in 1838 by Louis Daguerre. The human in question is standing in the bottom-left of the photograph, on the pavement by the curve in the road.  He is having his boots shined.

1838: The first photograph of a human being This picture, the earliest known photograph to include a recognizable human form, was taken in Paris, France, in 1838 by Louis Daguerre. The human in question is standing in the bottom-left of the photograph, on the pavement by the curve in the road. He is having his boots shined.

The Sphinx in 1877 prior to much of the sand being cleared away, exposing its paws.  I stood on those paws in 1977.

The Sphinx in 1877 prior to much of the sand being cleared away, exposing its paws. I stood on those paws in 1977.

Daguerreotype of Louis Daguerre, invertor of the daguerreotype process - taken…

Daguerreotype of Louis Daguerre, invertor of the daguerreotype process - taken…

A professional scene painter for the opera with an interest in lighting effects, Louis Daguerre began experimenting with the effects of light upon translucent paintings.

A professional scene painter for the opera with an interest in lighting effects, Louis Daguerre began experimenting with the effects of light upon translucent paintings.

Daguerreotype photography was invented by Louis Daguerre (1789-1851) and was made public in 1839. In the Daguerreotype process a picture made on a silver surface sensitized with iodine was developed by exposure to mercury vapour. Daguerre granted the right to make and sell daguerreotype cameras to a relative of his, Alphonse Giroux of Paris. Photography thus became available to the general public in 1839 and this was the first commercially available camera.

Daguerreotype photography was invented by Louis Daguerre (1789-1851) and was made public in 1839. In the Daguerreotype process a picture made on a silver surface sensitized with iodine was developed by exposure to mercury vapour. Daguerre granted the right to make and sell daguerreotype cameras to a relative of his, Alphonse Giroux of Paris. Photography thus became available to the general public in 1839 and this was the first commercially available camera.

a photograph taken by an early photographic process employing an iodine-sensitized silvered plate and mercury vapor. Invented by Louis Daguerre a french artist and painter

a photograph taken by an early photographic process employing an iodine-sensitized silvered plate and mercury vapor. Invented by Louis Daguerre a french artist and painter