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    Philadelphia, November 1839. "Robert Cornelius, self-portrait facing front, arms crossed. Inscription on backing: The first light-picture ever taken. 1839." One of the first photographs made in the United States, this quarter-plate daguerreotype, taken in the yard of the Cornelius family's lamp-making business in Philadelphia, is said to be the earliest photographic portrait of a person.

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    • Chloe Richardson

      Robert Cornelius's 1839 self-portrait. It is the first photographic portrait image of a human ever produced. The back reads, "The first light picture ever taken."

    • EA Lopez

      The First Light Picture and Human Potrait Ever Taken [Oct,Nov 1839] Robert Cornelius, self-portrait, Oct. or Nov. 1839, approximate quarter plate daguerreotype which is a procedure invented in 1839 using silver on a copper plate. The back reads, “The first light picture ever taken.” This self-portrait is the first photographic portrait image of a human ever produced.

    • Saana Kiviniemi

      The first photographic portrait! Robert Cornelius, self-portrait,1839 The back reads, “The first light picture ever taken.”

    • Jane Finley-English

      One of the first photographs made in the United States, this quarter-plate daguerreotype, taken in the yard of the Cornelius family's lamp-making business in Philadelphia, is said to be the earliest photographic portrait of a person. Philadelphia, November 1839. "Robert Cornelius, self-portrait facing front, arms crossed. Inscription on backing: The first light-picture ever taken. 1839." SY

    • Julie

      This is one of the earliest known photographs of a human. A self portrait taken in 1839, it shows a young Robert Cornelius (1809-1893) standing outside his family’s lamp-making shop in Philadelphia. Cornelius was an American of Dutch descent whose knowledge of metallurgical chemistry was to help in perfecting the process of silver-plating, then employed in the production of daguerreotypes... #photography #selfportrait

    • Dolo Espinosa

      On a sunny day in October in 1839, Robert Cornelius set up his camera. After removing the lens cap, he sprinted into the frame, where he sat for more than a minute before covering up the lens. The picture he produced that day was the first photographic self-portrait. It is also widely considered the first successful photographic portrait of a human being. […] the words written on the back of the self-portrait, in Cornelius’ own hand, said it all: “The first light Picture ever taken. 1839.”

    • Rebekah R

      In 1839, Robert Cornelius made the first ever portrait of a human. On a sunny day in October, he set up his camera in the back of his father’s gas lamp business in Philadelphia. After removing the lens cap, he sprinted into frame, where he sat for over a minute. The picture produced was the first photographic self-portrait. It is also considered the first successful photographic portrait of a human. The words he wrote on the back of the self-portrait: “The first light Picture ever taken. 1839”

    • m rein

      Self portrait, 1839, Robert Cornelius (1809-1893)

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