The First Portrait Photograph Ever Made - petapixel.com
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 human being. The Daily recently published an interesting
piece on Cornelius’ story:
On a sunny day in October, Robert Cornelius set up his camera in the
back of his father’s gas lamp-importing business on Chestnut Street in
Center City, Philadelphia. 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.
The photo is now a part of the Library of Congress’ Daguerreotype
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