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How the First Camera Phone Photo Was Shot 20 Years Ago


Believe it or not, there was a time when photo sharing was a lot slower than in the age of Snapchat. 20 years ago, instantaneously capturing and sharing photos online was unheard of.

The first camera phone photo was sent two decades ago, on June 11th, 1997, a fact that we previously shared in 2011. When entrepreneur Philippe Kahn instantly shared a photo from the birth of his daughter to over 2,000 connections around the world, he was achieving a technological first.

The first camera phone photo sent on June 11th, 1997. Photo by Philippe Kahn.

It’s no surprise, then, that the moment has now been recreated by actors in the heartwarming 4-minute video above. The photo was even declared by Time Magazine to be one of the 100 most influential photos of all time.

In the video, Kahn tells the story of how he hacked together a mess of wires, phones, laptops, and cameras to enable the instant delivery of a photo of his new baby daughter. Armed with a soldering iron inside the hospital ward, he used a wire ripped from his car telephone to make his dream a reality.

(via Conscious Minds via DPReview)