Early Photo “Models” Discovered in Historic Image

OneModelPlace.com has the distinction of being the longest-running modeling and photography community on the web, having been founded in 1996 at the beginning of the Internet. But have you ever wondered about how photography began in the first place. Yahoo! News sheds some light on this topic by analyzing an early photographic image taken in 1848.

As reported by Brett Michael Dykes, the recent discovery of two men in a photo taken in over 160 years ago is “kind of a big deal among photography historians.”

As reported by NPR’s Robert Krulwich last month, the photo was taken by Charles Fontayne and William Porter near the Ohio River on Sunday, September 24th, 1848. The photo is what’s known as a daguerreotype — an image developed via an early photographic process developed in France. When zooming in on the photo, Krulwich noticed what appeared to be two human figures. You can see them in a close-up image below:

This is not the earliest photograph taken of a human. The credit for photographing a human for the first time is generally given to Louis Daguerre, the inventor of the daguerreotype process. In an 1838 photo he took of Paris, Daguerre caught an image of a man who appears to be getting his shoes or boots shined at a street corner. You can see the figure — together with that of the shoeshiner — in the bottom left of the image here.

Daguerre’s process involved exposing a chemically treated metal plate for several minutes. If someone or something was moving within the frame, it wouldn’t show up in a daguerreotype photo. But since this person remained relatively stationary as the image was captured, he showed up in the picture. The anonymous Parisian thus gets credit for being the first person ever to have his picture taken.

Read the full article at Yahoo! News

Images 1 & 2: Charles Fontayne and William Porter

Image 3: Louis Daguerre

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