The First Ever Photograph of a Person

How a momentary encounter became the first photographic portrait

Christopher P Jones
Dec 4, 2020 · 5 min read
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Boulevard du Temple, Paris, 3rd arrondissement, Daguerreotype. Made in 1838 by inventor Louis Daguerre, this is believed to be the earliest photograph showing a living person. Image source Wikimedia Commons

The advent of photography

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The camera obscura principle as illustrated in James Ayscough’s A short account of the eye and nature of vision (1755 fourth edition). Image source Wikimedia Commons

Louis Daguerre and his daguerreotypes

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Still life with plaster casts, made by Daguerre in 1837, the earliest reliably dated daguerreotype. Image source Wikimedia Commons
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Boulevard du Temple, Paris, 3rd arrondissement, Daguerreotype. Made in 1838 by inventor Louis Daguerre, this is believed to be the earliest photograph showing a living person. Image source Wikimedia Commons
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