People would always love to preserve pictures of their present for the future. As a result, they needed to spend long time staring somewhere and waiting for their artist to create their painting. Therefore, people had always looked for a way to get pictures without the long and tedious work of an artist.
Photography is the result of combining several different technical discoveries. It been said, long before the first photographs were made, some philosophers and mathematicians described a pinhole camera in the 5th and 4th centuries BC.
We owe the name "Photography" to Sir John Herschel , who first used this in 1839. The word is derived from the Greek words for light and writing (φῶς (phos), (genitive: phōtós) meaning "light", and γραφή (graphê), meaning "drawing, writing", together meaning "drawing with light").
1. Earliest known photograph (1825)
The earliest heliographic engraving known in the world. This picture is showing a man leading a horse which was made by Nicéphore Niépce in 1825. In 2002, this picture has been bought by Bibliothèque nationale de France for €450,000 in 2002, as a "national treasure".
2. The 1st photograph “view from the window at Le Gras” (1826)
“View from the Window at Le Gras” was the first permanent photograph which was again made by Nicéphore Niépce. This picture was the result of 8 hours exposure, sunlight illuminates the buildings on both sides. However this photograph was accidentally destroyed later.
3. The 1st photograph of a Human “Boulevard Du Temple” (1838)
This photograph, taken by Louis Daguerre was the first Human Photography ever made. If you pay more attention you will see a man polishing his boots in the bottom left corner. However because the exposure time was over ten minutes, this man stood still long enough to appear in the picture.
4. The 1st Light Picture and Human Portrait Ever Taken (1839)
This self-portrait from Robert Cornelius is the first photographic portrait image of a human ever produced.
5. Roger Fenton’s Photographic Van (1855)
Roger Fenton, one of the first was photographer who went to the Crimean War to photograph the troops, with a photographic assistant Marcus Sparling and a servant and a large van of equipment.
6. Phineas Gage (Around 1850)
This is the image of Phineas P. Gage who was a railroad construction foreman, holding a tamping iron that went through his head during an explosion on a worksite in 1848. Today Gage’s skull is on permanent display at Harvard’s Countway Library of Medicine.
7. Bridge of Boats over Indus Attock (1861)
the Indus connecting the India and Pakistan largest canal system in the world before the Pakistani Independence.
8. Lahore Fort (1864)
The Lahore Fort, locally referred to as Shahi Qila is citadel of the city of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. We don’t really know the photographer but it was one of the first photographs from Asia.
9. First Photographic Studio (1893)
Seems like a photographer trying to photograph himself.
10. First Color Photograph (1861)
The first color photo, an additive projected image of a tartan ribbon, was taken in 1861 by the Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell.
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