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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)


 
  • Anonymous

    No duck face? They were classy back then. 

  • Anonymous

    No duck face? They were classy back then. 

  • Anonymous

    No duck face? They were classy back then. 

  • http://twitter.com/saviour100 Patrick Kelly

    I love these comments.

  • http://twitter.com/saviour100 Patrick Kelly

    I love these comments.

  • http://twitter.com/saviour100 Patrick Kelly

    I love these comments.

  • http://twitter.com/saviour100 Patrick Kelly

    I love these comments.

  • Anonymous

    Oddly, he’s kind of cute.

  • Anonymous

    Oddly, he’s kind of cute.

  • http://muzzofotografia.hstr.me M. Federico

    “The first light Picture ever taken. 1839.”
    EPIC FAIL

  • Gcollinge

    erm… why is that epic fail?

    keep your ill-informed trolling to yourself.

  • http://muzzofotografia.hstr.me M. Federico

    He forgot to add “My”.

  • sharpie

    No. He’s referring to the first portrait ever taken, not his first portrait.

  • http://muzzofotografia.hstr.me M. Federico

    Forgive me, then. I guess I didn’t know picture meant portrait too. I’m not born english.

  • Ricky

    His hair is supurb

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

    This was back when MySpace was still cool!

  • http://profiles.google.com/m.dudropt michel dudropt

    It all sounds very unconvincing, as he was in no position to substantiate his claim at the time it was made. 

  • Guest

    Maybe then, you won’t be such a smart ass next time and realise that just maybe YOU might be mistaken before opening your ignorant mouth.

  • http://muzzofotografia.hstr.me M. Federico

    Relax, smart ass II.

  • Guest

    Of course he was.  Cornelius, was one of photography’s pioneers (pioneer: To go before, and prepare or open a way for; to act as pioneer. 2. to take part in the early development of; to break ground in; to invent or originate.) and he was well aware of his role and the infantile state of photography.  I’m sorry, but the world will move on whether you’re “convinced” or not.

  • Guest

    I’m relaxed.  You’re correct in addressing me, except that you are clearly the “ass” half here and I the smart half.

  • Guest

    I’m relaxed.  You’re correct in addressing me, except that you are clearly the “ass” half here and I the smart half.

  • Guest

    I’m relaxed.  You’re correct in addressing me, except that you are clearly the “ass” half here and I the smart half.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wouter.nieuwerth Wouter Nieuwerth

    How did he manage to get such a sharp image?! 

    “he sat for more than a minute before covering up the lens”

  • http://www.facebook.com/wouter.nieuwerth Wouter Nieuwerth

    How did he manage to get such a sharp image?! 

    “he sat for more than a minute before covering up the lens”

  • http://www.facebook.com/wouter.nieuwerth Wouter Nieuwerth

    How did he manage to get such a sharp image?! 

    “he sat for more than a minute before covering up the lens”

  • http://muzzofotografia.hstr.me M. Federico

    Ok then, Smart Gmbh.

  • Guest

    Ahh, it would appear you’re short on vowels (or you’re simply not bright enough to supply a retort that you can actually spell out).

  • Guest

    Ahh, it would appear you’re short on vowels (or you’re simply not bright enough to supply a retort that you can actually spell out).

  • http://muzzofotografia.hstr.me M. Federico

    What the fuck is wrong with you.

  • http://muzzofotografia.hstr.me M. Federico

    What the fuck is wrong with you.

  • Guest

    How is it that I’m pretending?  Does one need a signature now before one is actually someone? 

  • http://muzzofotografia.hstr.me M. Federico

    I believe, Sir.

  • Guest

    Clearly, the question you’ve asked me here is the question you should be asking yourself as you’re now resorting to dropping “f” bombs in your responses when all I’ve done is to make a few observations.  It would appear you have a problem…wow!

  • http://muzzofotografia.hstr.me M. Federico

    I think it’s just I should stop going around listening to some bored guy. There must be something better I’m not doing right now.

  • Guest

    You believe what?  That I must attach a name to my replies before I am “someone”?  Is it so difficult to believe a “guest” to be so intelligent?

  • http://muzzofotografia.hstr.me M. Federico

    I just believe it would be correct to specify your name before giving out insults.

  • Guest

    Would it make you feel less insulted?  Why is it “correct”?  I am still “me”, whether I inform anyone as to my identity, or not.

  • http://muzzofotografia.hstr.me M. Federico

    At least you wouldn’t sound coward.

  • Guest

    I don’t “sound” like anything.  You are the only one that sounds anything like a coward as you’ve hidden behind obscenities, etc., which you’ve attempted to use as a veil for your ignorance.  I must recuse myself from this conversation as I must elsewhere “pretend” to be someone.  Good day.

  • Guest

    I don’t “sound” like anything.  You are the only one that sounds anything like a coward as you’ve hidden behind obscenities, etc., which you’ve attempted to use as a veil for your ignorance.  I must recuse myself from this conversation as I must elsewhere “pretend” to be someone.  Good day.

  • Guest

    I don’t “sound” like anything.  You are the only one that sounds anything like a coward as you’ve hidden behind obscenities, etc., which you’ve attempted to use as a veil for your ignorance.  I must recuse myself from this conversation as I must elsewhere “pretend” to be someone.  Good day.

  • Anon

    just want to see if the reply gets even smaller, also coward

  • An

    asdf

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alexander-Snay/694338500 Alexander Snay

    Since this is the first portrait ever it might not have been the technique used,  but way back when in the early days of photography portraits were taken with the person leaning against a metal ring type thing that held them still. 

  • http://twitter.com/briphoto Brian Roberts

    then he posted it to his facebook and updated his status to say ‘yeaaaaahhhh bitches’

  • http://twitter.com/briphoto Brian Roberts

    then he posted it to his facebook and updated his status to say ‘yeaaaaahhhh bitches’

  • http://twitter.com/briphoto Brian Roberts

    then he posted it to his facebook and updated his status to say ‘yeaaaaahhhh bitches’

  • http://twitter.com/briphoto Brian Roberts

    then he posted it to his facebook and updated his status to say ‘yeaaaaahhhh bitches’

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

    jkl;