THE FIRST KNOWN PHOTO
OF A HUMAN

This is a Daguerreotype taken by its inventor, Louis Daguerre, in 1838 and is a view of the Boulevard du Temple in Paris. This type of image was achieved by exposing a chemically treated plate for ten minutes.  Obviously, as the people and carriages on the street were moving, they didn't show up in the picture -- with the exception of one man who stopped long enough to get his boots shined, an everyday task that made this unknowing person an anonymous historic figure.

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