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Monday, 13 February 2017


View from the Window at Le Gras is the oldest known photograph of a real world scene. French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce produced it using a camera obscura in 1826.

Enhanced version of Niépce's View from the Window at Le Gras (1826 or 1827)

American photography pioneer Robert Cornelius used his knowledge of chemistry and metallurgy to perfect the daguerreotype. Around October 1839, Cornelius took this portrait of himself (see below), the oldest known existing photographic portrait of a human in America.

The earliest known use of the word ‘photograph’ was in 1839 by the astronomer Sir John Herschel.

James Knox Polk was the first serving President of the United States to have his photograph taken In New York City in 1849.

Conrad Heyer (1749–1856) was an American farmer and veteran of the Revolutionary War who is notable for possibly being the earliest-born person known to have been photographed. During the American Revolution, Heyer fought for the Continental Army under the command of George Washington before returning to Waldoboro, where he made a living as a farmer until his death in 1856. In 1852, aged 103, he posed for a daguerreotype portrait and thereby became the earliest-born person of whom a photograph is known to exist.

Conrad Heyer, photographed in 1852

The earliest known use of the abbreviation ‘photo’ was by Queen Victoria in a letter in 1860.

When having their photograph taken, Victorians said 'prunes' rather than 'cheese' to make themselves look more serious.

The photo booth made its debut in 1889 at the World's Fair in Paris.

It takes us less than two minutes today to take as many photos as the whole of humanity took in the 1800s.

African-American social reformer Frederick Douglass was the most photographed American of the 19th century, and never smiled in photographs to not appear stereotypical.

Frederick Douglass

The first photographs taken from a plane in the U.S. was an aerial panorama, taken from a Curtiss Hydroplane over San Diego, California on January 10, 1911

Probably the best-selling photograph of all time, Ansel Adam's Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, was shot late in the afternoon on November 1, 1942.

Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico Wikipedia Commons

Photojournalist Eddie Adams took his Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of the summary execution of Viet Cong prisoner Nguyễn Văn Lém on February 1, 1968. The picture helped build opposition to the Vietnam War.

Associated Press photographer Nick Ut took his Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of a naked 9-year-old Phan Thị Kim Phúc running down a road after being burned by napalm on June 8, 1972.

Stanley Forman took the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo Fire Escape Collapse on July 22, 1975. The photograph, which is part of a series, shows 19-year-old Diana Bryant and her 2-year-old goddaughter Tiare Jones falling from the collapsed fire escape of a burning apartment building on Marlborough Street in Boston. It spurred action to improve the safety of fire escapes across the United States.


The most expensive paparazzi photo ever sold was of a bald Britney Spears in 2007. The photographer who took the snap was awarded with $500,000 for his endeavors.

Beyonce‘s February 1, 2017 photo revealing that she is pregnant with twins broke Instagram records to become the ‘most-liked’ post of all time. The artistic image of the pregnant singer holding her stomach, had the caption: “We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. “We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. – The Carters.”

Here is a list of songs about photographs.

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