The First Portrait Photograph Ever Made -

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Bruce, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. Bruce

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    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

    Bruce, Jul 26, 2011
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