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The First Portrait Photograph Ever Made

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. 1839.”

The photo is now a part of the Library of Congress’ Daguerreotype collection.

The History Page: Father of the ‘candid’ (via Gizmodo)


 
  • http://profiles.google.com/slimspidey Spider- Man

    jkl;

  • http://profiles.google.com/slimspidey Spider- Man

    no his status was simply ‘FIRST’

  • http://profiles.google.com/slimspidey Spider- Man

    no his status was simply ‘FIRST’

  • Shity

    This is Tobuscus! o.O

  • Shity

    This is Tobuscus! o.O

  • http://www.facebook.com/jbrandibas Joe Brandibas

    How do you figure?

    I can only assume that you think that when he wrote that comment that he intended it as a claim that he was the first in the world and all others should bow before him.  I can also assume that it never occurred to you that this photograph was the first one that he himself did and it was intended only for his own record and not a statement for historical significance.

  • http://garyobrien.com Gary O’Brien

    Not only a first, but an interesting photo. His expression is intriguing, as is his dress and posture.
    However. Petapixel brings us a documented first in photography and there are more trolls than real people in the comments. Sad. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zyman-Cabro/100002480678109 Zyman Cabro

    That’s pimp….

  • Asummers

    Interesting. You know we think of people from ‘way back then’ as alien to us but he looks as if he could be just another guy walking down the street (except for the clothes) in 2011!

  • DJ .

    I love articles like this.  So interesting.  He’s quite good looking too :)

  • Sheylae

    Cool! And he is so handsome :)

  • Anonymous

    Well he is a human being. A modern human being Homo Sapien. The only noticeable difference you could tell between the men from 1839 and the men today is that the earlier generations were smaller than we are today. I do not know if we can attribute that to steroids in the cow”s milk or other environmental conditions. You really do not have to go that far back. When I was a teenager I tried on a WWII US Army Uniform with helmet and other gear. It was way too small for me across the shoulders and the sleeves were very short. Even the helmet was too small although that could have been adjusted. But to agree with the above post he does look just like we do today but he sure is having a bad hair day.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SML5CTBPWQVUH2VCL3BJNCGOFM tolis

    172 years old photo   O_O

  • http://www.chris269.de Chris

    It took them 1 year to figure out, how to do portraits? :P

  • http://www.chris269.de Chris

    It took them 1 year to figure out, how to do portraits? :P

  • John Rush

    That’s quick I’ve had a canon camera for nearly a year and still can’t turn the bloody thing on

  • John Rush

    That’s quick I’ve had a canon camera for nearly a year and still can’t turn the bloody thing on

  • Danaecious T

    If I had a time Machine I would go back in time and make out with this guy. That is all. 

  • Danaecious T

    If I had a time Machine I would go back in time and make out with this guy. That is all. 

  • Guest

    This Dutch guy did a good job.

  • Alki262

    he’s hot! yep

  • Tronbean

    He looks like Mr. Tumnus. NARNIAAAAA

  • Faggotbrah

    hello friends

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  • wealthypenis

    alki 262 i love u babe

  • http://www.facebook.com/agus.nizami Agus Nizami

    Do you know when this photo is taken?:
    http://syiarislam.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/muhammadbinabdulwahab.jpg

    One of the people there, Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab was live from 1701 to 1793 M. So if it’s true, then the photo above is the oldest photo that ever exist….

    If it’s not real, then whose photo is it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/agus.nizami Agus Nizami

    Do you know when this photo is taken?:
    http://syiarislam.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/muhammadbinabdulwahab.jpg

    One of the people there, Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab was live from 1701 to 1793 M. So if it’s true, then the photo above is the oldest photo that ever exist….

    If it’s not real, then whose photo is it?

  • SpaceMan

    One word…Gullible. You should look it up

  • sahi124

    can you tell me that who made the first portrait in the history?