World's Oldest Photos Unveil A Rare Side Of History

The First Photographic Portrait Image Of A Human

Image Credits: Getty Images/Hulton Archive/Robert Cornelius

Image Credits: Getty Images/Hulton Archive/Robert Cornelius

From that angled view, this picture of Robert Cornelius, an American photographer, might look anything like the selfie we know today! But this self-portrait dates from an era, something from the 1839 epoch, in an outdoor scenic yard in Philadelphia. During those days, daguerreotypes needed a long exposure time, making it quite challenging to take pictures of people.

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