Who are the people behind Instagram’s most-followed handles? Soon-to-be-shuttered iPad newspaper The Daily wants to know, and has a video series titled “#No Filter: Behind the Lens with Instagram’s Biggest Stars.” They’re creating short profiles for each iPhoneographer to give a glimpse into their lives and their motivations.
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)