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Oldest Photograph of People



This photo taken by Louis Daguerre in 1838 is believed to be the earliest photograph of a living person – meaning this could technically be considered the first example of portraiture photography.

It is the view of Boulevard du Temple, in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris. The image had a ten minute long exposure, which is why the street louis-daguerre-boulevard-du-temple-1838-image-via-wikipediaseems empty even though there were many cars, and the only figure which stayed on the same spot long enough to be visible in the photo are the two men near the bottom left corner, where one seems to be polishing the shoes of the other. What’s also interesting is that it is a mirror image, as it often happens with daguerrotypes, also known as the first complete photographic process.

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