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Louis Daguerre

Louis Daguerre

If you’re tired of seeing endless selfies running across your feeds then take a gander at this gem by none other than Louis Daguerre himself, who invented the self-same photographic process. The photograph is remarkable for three reasons. Firstly, it was taken in 1839, which is astonishing in and of itself, and secondly it is considered the first ever shot of the city of Paris. Thirdly, it is also, as you can see in the close-ups below–the first ever photograph showing people.

Daguerre composed his image at Place de la République in Paris, looking southward toward Boulevard du Temple.

The 10-minute-long exposure was just enough to capture two nearly motionless people–a man getting his shoes shined by a street shoe black.

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