50 Historic Moments Photographed For The First Time Ever

This collection captured some of history’s most important “firsts.” Enjoy!

1. The first photograph ever taken, 1826. It shows the view from the window at Le Gras, Burgundy, France, by exposing a bitumen-coated plate in a camera obscura for several hours on a windowsill. The photo was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce.

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Photo taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce

Here’s the enhanced version of the photo:

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Photo taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce

2. First Photograph of a Person, showing the view of the Boulevard du Temple in Paris. Photographed by Louis Daguerre, 1838

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Wikimedia

3. Oldest Photograph of New York City, showing the Upper West Side, 1848

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Sotheby’s

4. First Self-Portrait Photograph, a self-portrait of Robert Cornelius in daguerreotype, 1839

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Library of Congress

5. First Photographic Hoax: “Self Portrait as a Drowned Man” by Hippolyte Bayard, 1840

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Hippolyte Bayard

6. Oldest Photograph of a US President, the photograph of President John Quincy Adams, 1843

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Smithsonian Institution

7. Oldest Aerial Photograph from October 13, 1860, a view of Boston from 2,066 feet in the air

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

8. First photograph of people playing chess with Nicolaas Henneman, 1841

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allposters

9. First Photograph of an Amputation, April 18, 1847. Belgian surgeon Pedro Vander Linden amputated a leg of Sgt. Antonio Bustos during the Mexican-American War

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Wikimedia

10. First Photograph of Drinking, 1844

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

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