Do you know what photography means? Drawing from light! The ability to take photographs to capture memories completely changed the way we saw the world. This photograph you see below is the first-ever photograph taken with a human in it.
It was shot by Louis Daguerre, French painter, physicist, and inventor of daguerreotype, the world’s first commercially successful photographic process. His type of photography placed close-to-real images on a clean, silver-plated sheet of copper. Daguerre is also known to have introduced many photographic techniques in the 19th century, which kickstarted the era of photography as an art of expression as well as for scientific research.
It was the first time a realistic image of a human was captured. He introduced it to the public in 1839, who were in awe for obvious reasons. The picture was captured in Place de la République, a square located in Paris. While the image of the human is blurry, if you look closer you can definitely see a merging of two people – A silhouette of a person getting his shoes polished by a street person. It is also regarded as the world’s first photograph taken in Paris.
But, are you wondering why the streets look empty?
Of course, back then, the technology used was outdated and new to the market. The 10-minute-long exposure time was only able to capture the pair, and not the people around.
It’s stunning to see the world’s first photograph with a human in it. A perfect trip down memory lane!